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Planned Parenthood Responds to Statement by Catholic Bishops

WASHINGTON - Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards decried the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ continued objection today to the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit. The revised accommodation, released last week, will ensure that women can access birth control with no co-pay as part of basic health care:
 
“It is becoming clear that some people just will not rest until they have found a way to deny women access to birth control coverage.  The Obama administration has proposed a solution that gives women access to birth control without co-pays or hurdles, while respecting the positions of religious organizations.    
 
“Despite the latest complaints from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the bottom line is that places of worship are exempt from the birth control benefit, and they always have been. The Obama administration’s proposed regulations simplify the definition of who is exempt, and they map out how women at other religiously affiliated nonprofit employers will get birth control at no cost.  This policy makes it clear that your boss does not get to decide whether you can have birth control.”
 
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Published: | Updated: 02.07.13

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