- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

ATLANTA (AP) - A federal appeals court in Atlanta has upheld a contraceptive mandate included in the president’s health care law but is delaying the implementation of its ruling.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday rejected challenges to the mandate in a single opinion addressing two separate cases, one filed in Georgia and the other in Alabama.

But the 11th Circuit said the mandate should not be enforced until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the issue in similar cases it is set to hear next month.

The challenges were filed by nonprofit organizations affiliated with the Catholic Church in Georgia and Catholic broadcaster Eternal Word Television Network in Alabama. They argued that the accommodation for them to provide contraceptive coverage burdens their exercise of their religion.

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