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Domino's Pizza founder Monaghan, a devout Catholic, sues over health care law's contraception mandate

| Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, 9:52 p.m.

DETROIT — The founder of Domino's Pizza is suing the federal government over mandatory contraception coverage in the health care law.

Tom Monaghan, a devout Roman Catholic, said contraception is not health care but a “gravely immoral” practice.

An Obama administration regulation requiring that many employers, including religious employers, provide insurance without co-pays or deductibles that covers a wide range of contraceptives, including sterilization, as part of women's preventive health care.

Religious groups decry it as an attack on their freedom. More than 40 lawsuits have been filed by Catholic and evangelical plaintiffs, including hospitals, universities and private businesses. The Catholic plaintiffs object to all contraceptives; the evangelicals, to methods that induce what they call abortion.

The Obama administration maintains that the contraception mandate benefits women, saying it's a financial issue as well as a health issue.

Monaghan filed the lawsuit on Friday in federal court. It lists as a plaintiff Domino's Farms, a Michigan office park complex that he owns.

Monaghan offers health insurance that excludes contraception and abortion for Domino's employees.

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