EWTN Global Catholic Network sues Obama over contraception rule - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Ala. broadcaster sues Obama admin.

A Roman Catholic broadcasting network based in Alabama is suing the Obama administration overs its new policy on birth control funding. EWTN Global Catholic Network filed suit Thursday in Birmingham over the rules.

Network president Michael Warsaw says the lawsuit is meant to defend Catholics and others from being forced to fund contraception.

Most employers and insurers have to cover birth control free of charge under the nation's new health care law.

"We had no other option but to take this to the courts," says EWTN President and CEO Michael P. Warsaw, in a statement. "Under the HHS mandate, EWTN is being forced by the government to make a choice: either we provide employees coverage for contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs and violate our conscience or offer our employees and their families no health insurance coverage at all. Neither of those choices is acceptable."

The administration recently announced that church-related institutions like charities, colleges and hospitals must comply after a one-year grace period. The decision sparked an outcry from conservative Republicans and religious groups.

[DOCUMENT: Read EWTN's filed lawsuit (.pdf)]

Warsaw says EWTN had to file suit because it's being forced to use donors' contributions to pay for morally objectionable health services including contraception, sterilization and abortion drugs.

EWTN Global Catholic Network says it reaches 200 million television households around the world making it the largest religious media network in the world.

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