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Catholic broadcaster sues over Obama policy


BIRMINGHAM, AL (AP) -- A Roman Catholic broadcasting network is suing the Obama administration overs its mandate that religious organizations pay for their workers' birth control coverage.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday by the nonprofit EWTN Global Catholic Network, claims the policy is unconstitutional because it would require the broadcaster to violate church principles on the sanctity of life or pay fines of $600,000 a year.

Network president Michael Warsaw says EWTN had to sue because it would be forced to use donors' contributions to pay for morally objectionable health services including contraception, sterilization and abortion drugs.

EWTN spokeswoman Michelle Johnson says the Alabama-based network employs 340 people, 135 of them women.

Lawsuits to block the contraceptive mandate also have been filed by a Catholic college and a Protestant university.

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