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Domino's founder sues government over contraception

Domino's founder Tom Monaghan sues government, saying contraception is 'gravely immoral.' Domino's founder offers employees health insurance excluding contraception and abortion. 

By Associated Press / December 16, 2012

Victor Gutierrez rushes out of Domino's Pizza in Turlock, Calif., to make a delivery in this February file photo. On Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, Domino's founder sued the federal government for forcing companies to offer health insurance that includes contraception coverage, a procedure he calls immoral.

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The founder of Domino's Pizza is suing the federal government over mandatory contraception coverage in the health care law.

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Tom Monaghan, a devout Roman Catholic, says contraception isn't health care but a "gravely immoral" practice.

He filed a lawsuit Friday in federal court. It also lists as a plaintiff Domino's Farms, a Michigan office park complex that Monaghan owns.

Monaghan offers health insurance that excludes contraception and abortion for employees. The new federal law requires employers to offer insurance including contraception coverage or risk fines.

Monaghan says the law violates his rights, and is asking a judge to strike down the mandate. There are similar lawsuits pending nationwide.

A message left Saturday for Monaghan's attorney, Richard Thompson, was not immediately returned.

The government says the contraception mandate benefits women.

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