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Court: ND students can intervene in suit

– A federal appeals court has ruled three University of Notre Dame students who want the school to provide health care plans covering birth control can intervene on the side of the federal government in a university-filed lawsuit that challenges parts of the Affordable Health Care Act.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago ruled late Tuesday that the three students – identified only as Jane Doe 1, Jane Doe 2 and Jane Doe 3 – can take part in the lawsuit. Ayesha Khan, who is representing the women and is legal director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said Wednesday that the women wanted a say in the lawsuit because they have a different perspective.

“They are the people who would be impacted by Notre Dame getting out of the Affordable Care Act regulation,” she said.

She said students’ decisions to attend Notre Dame should not make them unable to have health care coverage that covers birth control “that the government has determined to be necessary for women’s health care.”