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Judge rules in favor of employer in birth control case

January 7, 2015
| By AP |
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A local company is not required to provide employee health insurance for birth control as a result of a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

A federal judge has said that Kentwood-based Autocam, which sued the government in 2012, is covered by the court's decision last year in the Hobby Lobby case. Some private employers can avoid the contraceptive requirement in the Affordable Care Act.

Grand Rapids federal Judge Robert Jonker signed an order Monday in favor of the company, which makes auto parts and medical supplies.

The government will be on hook for Autocam's legal bills.

Autocam is owned by the family of chief executive John Kennedy, a Roman Catholic who opposes contraception and abortion.

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