April 25, 2013 — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York on Monday withdrew a subpoena seeking documents from the Obama administration about the federal contraceptive coverage rules, Reuters reports.
The archdiocese did not give a reason for dropping the subpoena. It plans to continue its underlying lawsuit challenging the contraceptive coverage rules (Ingram, Reuters, 4/23).
The archdiocese has predicted it will be fined nearly $200 million annually if it does not comply with the rules, which are being implemented under the Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148) and require that most health plans cover contraceptive services. Religious entities such as churches and other houses of worship are exempt from the requirements.
In February, the Obama administration proposed an accommodation for other religiously affiliated employers that would ensure that their health plans do not have to pay for contraceptive coverage. The accommodation would not apply to for-profit businesses (Women's Health Policy Report, 4/8).
In April, the administration asked a judge to stop the subpoena, which it argued was inappropriate and would be a burden to fulfill (Reuters, 4/23).