On June 4, 2014 the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma ruled that the Catholic Benefits Association is exempt from contraceptive Mandate. This mandate comes under the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate. The ruling included parishes within Baltimore. In March, the CBA as well as eight other Catholic organizations filed a lawsuit against. According to a source, the class action lawsuit was filed to protect its member’s exercise of religion. It would exempt them from the mandate which requires them to provide coverage for free contraceptives, abortion inducing drugs, abortion inducing devices, sterilization, and related counseling.
The court also ruled that the CBA employer members as well as the Catholic parishes that are members would not be responsible for “any penalties, fines and assessments for noncompliance with” the contraceptive/abortifacient mandate.