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Illinois Catholic leaders urge HHS to rescind rules mandating contraceptives coverage, criticize narrow exemption for religious employers

Leaders of Illinois' six Catholic dioceses today called for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to revoke new rules mandating insurance coverage of contraceptives and sterilization that also create an extremely narrow definition of religious organizations eligible for exemption.

The bishops wrote a letter to Sebelius, and also issued a press release.