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Supreme Court Ruling Allows Companies to Deny Women Contraceptive Coverage

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that for-profit corporations cannot be required to provide contraceptive coverage in insurance to employees if it is against the religious beliefs of the owners.

"I'm extremely disappointed that the court has held the power of corporations over the rights of women to make their own health care decisions. Health insurance is a benefit that these employees have earned, and their policies should cover birth control because it's a fundamental part of a woman's health. Whether she uses it should be up to her alone--not her employer's board of directors. The Supreme Court has again furthered the notion that corporations are people that can use their power and so-called rights to supersede those of individuals."


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