Pittsburgh diocese lawyer sues feds over FOIA

PITTSBURGH (AP) — An attorney representing the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh in its fight to avoid federal health-insurance reforms which church officials say conflict with Catholic doctrine says the federal government wanted $1.8 million and up to five years to respond to his request for records under the Freedom Of Information Act.

Pittsburgh attorney Paul Pohl says the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are stonewalling the church’s efforts to get at public record that will show how rules were developed governing whether religious employers must pay for insurance that covers contraception, sterilization and abortion.

A government spokeswoman has not immediately responded to the lawsuit, filed late Monday, which was first reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Pohl says the government isn’t providing the information in a timely manner and reasonable cost.

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