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A New York Catholic diocese lost another battle in court Thursday when a state appeals court upheld a ruling requiring that health insurance policies in the state cover abortions.

The Times Union reports the Appellate Division of state Supreme Court’s Third Department ruled 5-0 against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany.

The diocese is challenging a state regulation that requires health insurance companies to cover “medically necessary” abortions. The Catholic Church teaches that every human life is valuable, from conception to natural death, and abortions are are moral evil.

Meanwhile, abortion industry leaders claim abortions are “health care,” thereby making every abortion seem “medically necessary.” However, medical groups representing more than 30,000 doctors in America recently emphasized that abortions are not “essential” or medical care.

In its lawsuit, the diocese slammed the state regulation as “morally and religiously offensive,” according to the report. It argued that the abortion mandate is unconstitutional because it violates religious freedom, free speech, freedom of expression and the equal protection clause.

But the appellate court rejected those arguments, claiming the diocese’s case is a “distinction without a legal difference in addition to the fact that it would require this court to enter the thicket of making a religious value judgment,” according to the report.

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