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White House: Supreme Court Ruling Risks Women's Health

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The White House says women's health will be jeopardized by a Supreme Court's decision that allows corporations with religious objections to opt out of a requirement that they cover contraceptives.
 
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday that women should make personal health decisions for themselves. Earnest said the White House is looking into how many women could be affected by the decision. He said Congress should take action to assist women affected by the decision.
 
The contraceptive coverage requirement is contained in Obama's new health care law.

The court's 5-4 decision means the Obama administration must find alternative ways of providing free contraception to women who are covered under objecting companies' health insurance plans.

Contraception is among a range of preventive services that must be provided at no extra charge under the health care law that President Barack Obama signed in 2010 and the Supreme Court upheld two years later.   (AP)

Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today after the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that private employers may deny women critical preventive health care and family planning services:
 
“Today’s decision jeopardizes women’s access to essential health care. Employers have no business intruding in the private health care decisions women make with their doctors.  This ruling ignores the scientific evidence showing that the health security of millions of American women is strengthened by access to these crucial services.

“If the Supreme Court will not protect women’s access to health care, then Democrats will. We will continue to fight to preserve women’s access to contraceptive coverage and keep bosses out of the examination room.

“Under Obamacare, more women in America are gaining access to quality, affordable care. Women are no longer discriminated against or charged higher premiums for simply being women. Millions of women in America, and thousands in Nevada, have gained access to free preventive care, like contraception, that was not available to them before.

“The bottom line is that today’s decision is wrong for women. Your boss should never be able to make your health care decisions for you. And it’s time that men stop deciding what happens to women.”

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