A Brooklyn federal judge has handed religious groups a huge victory in the war over contraceptive care.
Judge Brian Cogan issued a permanent injunction Monday exempting four organizations with ties to the Roman Catholic Church from complying with a rule to provide their employees with contraceptive health care coverage through a third party.
The decision affects more than 25,000 employees at two high schools, six hospitals, three nursing homes and several nonprofits in the metropolitan area.
The lawsuit, filed last year, challenged an accommodation to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act allowing groups that object to the requirement that health insurance plans cover contraception and related services fill out a form so employees can get that care through a third party.
Cogan granted the relief to the four plaintiffs, which had argued that merely requiring them to fill out a form stating they should be exempt from the mandate for religious reasons forces them to be complicit in a “scheme” to arrange a third-party provider of contraceptive services.