SOUTH BEND -

The University of Notre Dame is now offering their employees contraceptive coverage.

The Affordable Care Act mandated non-profit organizations with religious affiliations across the country to begin providing contraceptive services to employees starting January 1. 

Paul Browne, a Notre Dame spokesperson, says the university has notified their employees of the coverage.

"As part of the ongoing legal action, however, the program may be terminated once the university's lawsuit on religious liberty grounds against the (Department of Health & Human Services) mandate has worked its way through the courts," Browne said. 

Notre Dame filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court claiming the U.S. Affordable Health Care Act violates Notre Dame's freedom to practice religion without government interference. Under the law, employers must provide insurance that covers a range of preventive care, free of charge, including contraception.

The teachings of the Catholic church prohibit the use of contraceptives.