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Does Supreme Court think birth control isn’t preventive health care? | Los Angeles Times Editorial

The Supreme Court just gave its blessing to a wide range of companies refusing to offer their female employees health insurance that covers birth control, even when they could do so without compromising their religious or moral beliefs. (TNS) The Supreme Court just gave its blessing to a wide range of companies refusing to offer their female employees health insurance that covers birth control, even when they could do so without compromising their religious or moral beliefs.

The losers in Wednesday’s decision are the millions of women whom Congress intended to protect through the 2010 Affordable Care Act, which requires new insurance policies to cover preventive health care services with no out-of-pocket costs.

Not that Justice Clarence Thomas, writing for the 7-2 majority, sees birth control as being contemplated by lawmakers. He wrote that nothing in the statute “even hints” that Congress intended for contraception to be covered. Seriously? What part of “preventive healthcare” for women would not include contraception? This ruling and that line in his opinion betray every woman in this country.

Granted, the Affordable Care Act called on the federal Health Resources and Services Administration to flesh out the details for which preventive services would be included in the […]

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