Women's groups blast court ruling on contraception
WASHINGTON - Leaders of women's groups are denouncing today's Supreme Court decision on contraceptive coverage, and they're pointing out that it came from five male justices.
A sharply divided court said some companies are exempt from the requirement in the new health care law that they provide birth control coverage for women -- specifically, companies with a small number of owners who have religious objections to that part of the law. The court said requiring those companies to pay for contraception violates the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
The White House says today's decision creates health risks for women -- and that Congress should take action to make sure they get coverage.
But the justices who voted with the majority today say the administration itself can get around the ruling. Anthony Kennedy said insurance companies could be required to cover -- without any cost-sharing -- contraception for those female employees who want it.