Nov. 14 (Bloomberg) — A plan for allowing religious groups to opt out of contraceptive coverage for employees mandated by the Affordable Care Act provides sufficient protection of religious freedom, a Washington appeals court ruled, throwing out a set of lawsuits challenging the accommodation.

Catholic and other religious groups argued that allowing them to refrain from paying for contraceptive services while still providing insured women with access to birth control through a separate coverage channel violates their beliefs.

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