Pa. school can exclude morning-after pill coverage

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A federal judge says a Christian college in western Pennsylvania can exclude coverage for birth control like the morning-after pill and the week-after pill when it offers a health insurance plan to its students.

The injunction issued in favor of Geneva College will remain in effect until the federal judge in Pittsburgh rules on the school’s lawsuit challenging looming federal health care reforms, or until a higher appeals court rules on the underlying legal issue.

The school in Beaver Falls is affiliated with the Reformed Presbyterian Church and argues certain types of birth control violate its religious beliefs against abortion.

U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti issued the ruling Tuesday because the school had until Thursday to pick a health plan to cover students next academic year.

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