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Court dismisses contraception coverage lawsuit

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GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) - A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed Belmont Abbey College's lawsuit against the government over contraception coverage.

The Gaston Gazette reports the court didn't judge the merits of the school's case. It said the case was dismissed because the government had not yet amended regulations to better reflect religious objections. It said the school's injury is too speculative and that the case is not ready for decision.

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed the lawsuit on behalf of Belmont Abbey last November.

The college objects to the Obama administration's 2010 Affordable Care Act's requirement that employers must offer health insurance to cover contraception and sterilization for women.

Becket Fund spokeswoman Emily Hardman said while the group is disappointed with the ruling, it doesn't mean the case is over.

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