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U.S. court rejects Lancaster County company's lawsuit over Obamacare contraception requirement

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A divided federal appeals court on Friday rejected a Pennsylvania cabinet maker's religion-based challenge to the 2010 health care law's requirement that larger companies provide workers with health insurance covering birth control.

The decision created a split among federal appeals courts, boosting the chance that the U.S. Supreme Court may step in to resolve the dispute over challenges to the provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

By a 2-1 vote, a panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled against Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp, whose owners are Mennonite Christians, in finding that "for-profit, secular corporations cannot engage in religious exercise."

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