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JUSTICES: Gov't can't make employers cover contraception

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court says corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.

The justices' 5-4 decision Monday is the first time that the high court has ruled that profit-seeking businesses can hold religious views under federal law. And it means the Obama administration must search for a different way 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.

On Monday morning, U.S. Representative John Yarmuth issued a statement regarding the ruling:

"Today's Supreme Court ruling in the Hobby Lobby case is an affront to women's health," Yarmuth said. "The Court has introduced a new threat to women's reproductive rights, placing the personal religious beliefs of employers over the health care needs of their female employees. No one should come between a woman and her doctor – including her boss."

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