The University of Notre Dame Monday filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government for a mandate requiring that religious organizations provide contraception coverage.
Notre Dame said that the mandate from the United States Department of Health and Human Services conflicts with Roman Catholic Church teachings.
This filing is about the freedom of a religious organization to live its mission, and its significance goes well beyond any debate about contraceptives, Fr. John Jenkins, the university president wrote in a message Monday.
The university said the decision to file the suit came after much deliberation and efforts to find solutions that are beneficial for all parties involved.
Jenkins said the lawsuit is not about preventing women from having access to contraception or preventing the government from providing such services.
According to Fox News, 43 separate lawsuits have been filed challenging the requirement.
Read the full lawsuit below: