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Catholic university may be required to provide students access to contraception

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In a test of freedom of religion Colorado's Regis University is defying a Colorado law which mandates that contraception be provided to students who enroll in a university's health insurance. Denver's Regis University abides by Catholic church doctrine, which prohibits the use of contraception.

Therefore, the University does not prescribe nor provide medicines or devices for contraception. However, Colorado House Bill 10 – 1021 requires that all insurance provide coverage for contraception in the same manner as any other sickness injury disease or condition. Because of this conflict, Regis University is exploring options that will allow it to keep its prohibition against contraception while complying with the law.

According to lifesitenews.com, the University's website previously noted that the student health center will not be providing contraceptives but will refer students to other places where they can receive them. However, this report was called inaccurate by Regis University director of internal and external relations Ms. Rhonda P. Sheya.

According to the Regis University website, services offered for women's health include gynecological care including the assessment treatment of infectious diseases annual examinations and routine care. The website does not mention contraception or referral for contraceptive care.

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