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A federal judge ruled Monday that employers need not cite religious objections to escape the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandates.  

The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon, an appointee of President George W. Bush, came in response to a suit brought by March for Life, an anti-abortion advocacy group. Leon argued in his decision that only exempting employers that cited religious objections was a violation of the 14th amendment’s guarantee of equal protection under the law.  

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