An appeals court issued a preliminary injunction Feb. 1 against the federal government’s contraceptive mandate, saying a Catholic-owned company, Annex Medical, does not have to comply with that part of the Affordable Care Act while its legal challenge makes its way through the courts. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis issued its injunction on behalf of the Minnesota-based manufacturer of medical devices. The U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota in Minneapolis had ruled against the company. Annex, which has 16 employees, is not required by law to provide health insurance since it has fewer than 50 employees.