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Obama: Insurance companies will pay for contraceptives

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Posted: Feb 10, 2012 11:39 AM
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Topics: obama, birth, control, revamped, insurance, companies, abortion, religious, catholic, employers

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama introduced a revamped birth control policy Friday morning that he says will protect both religious liberties and women's access to contraception.

Speaking at the White House, Obama announced changes that religious employers will not have to cover birth control for their employees.

Instead, the government will demand that insurance companies be directly responsible for providing free contraception.

Obama's initial policy generated criticism from religious groups and others who said it would force them to violate their faith.

The President also urged politicians not to use the complicated matter as a wedge issue.

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