Pa. college objects to ‘shutdown’ lawsuit delay

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Justice Department attorneys want a federal court judge in Pittsburgh to delay a Christian college’s lawsuit challenging some federal health care reform mandates because the attorneys say they’re not allowed to work on the case during the partial federal government shutdown.

But attorneys for Geneva College say the requested delay is unfair — unless the government also agrees to delay the Jan. 1 deadline when the reforms take effect, including forcing the school to provide employee health insurance that covers forms of birth control it finds objectionable.

Geneva College doesn’t want to cover birth control like the morning-after and week-after pills because they violate the school’s moral position opposing abortion.

But the school’s attorneys say delaying the lawsuit, but not the deadline at issue, would hamper its efforts to combat the reforms.

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