1. Contraception Wars

    Michigan Judge Blocks Mandate

    LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 01:  Prescription contraceptives for women sit on the counter of a drug store on August 1, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Under new standards issued by the Obama administration, health insurers are required to cover all government-approved contraceptives for women, without co-payments or other charges.  (Photo Illustration by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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    A federal judge in Michigan has put a temporary block on the portion of the health-care law that stipulates employers provide insurance with free birth-control coverage. In a preliminary injunction last week, Robert H. Cleland ruled the requirement could prevent the "sincere exercise of religious beliefs" by the owner of a local business. The case was brought by a local business owner who is Roman Catholic and claims the law infringes on his religious beliefs and has created his own health-care plan that he says falls in line with them.

    Read it at The New York Times