Court of Appeals decides HBU must provide birth control for employees

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HOUSTON - It's been a big week for the federal government and aside from all the marriage equality talk, let's not forget the Affordable Health Care Act also made headlines.

Which is why birth control coverage was the subject in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals this week.

The federal ruling said that Houston Baptist University cannot block birth coverage for its employees because of their moral objection to certain forms of contraception.

The ruling challenges Houston Baptist University and other religious schools brought against the Affordable Care Act's birth control mandate. Under the act, if a religious organization objects birth control, they can ask the government to exempt them.

Religious organizations like HBU challenged the birth control coverage mandate under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
The act says, for the most part,  the federal government cannot burden a person's exercise of religion.