CHICAGO - Pennsylvania cabinet and furniture maker Conestoga Wood Specialties’ and its owners challenge to compliance with the federal rule requiring employers to provide insurance coverage for contraception was ruled against by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on July 26, upholding a lower court's denial of a preliminary injunction. The original filing was made on Dec. 4 in Philadelphia U.S. District Court.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case in support of the federal rule urging the court to require Conestoga to comply with the requirement to provide employees with health insurance coverage for all preventive services, including contraceptive care.

Conestoga’s is one of more than 60 cases in the U.S. addressing the rule mandating contraception coverage. In a recent similar case, U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton in Oklahoma City temporarily exempted Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. from the requirement, putting the case on hold until Oct. 1, awaiting an appeal from the federal government.

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