abc
QUICK LINKS:

Wisconsin to Stop Enforcing Birth Control Law

Updated: 07/23/2014 6:10 PM
Created: 07/23/2014 6:09 PM WDIO.com

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker's administration will no longer enforce the state's contraception coverage law for employers with religious objections following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month.

The decision riled birth control advocates and Democrats, who said Wednesday that Wisconsin law is not affected by the decision.

The Supreme Court ruled that companies with religious objections, like Hobby Lobby, can avoid the contraceptives requirement of the federal health care overhaul law.

The decision by Walker's Insurance Commissioner's office was first reported Monday by the website mediatrackers.org. A message left with the insurance commission's spokesman was not immediately returned.

Criticism of Walker's decision came from Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Democratic lawmakers and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke.

She says Walker's decision makes it harder for women to have access to birth control.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Front Page

  • Hennepin Co. Prosecutor Files Petition to Protect Adrian Peterson's Son

    The Minnesota Vikings star running back was charged with a felony in Texas for using a wooden switch to spank his son while he was visiting Peterson's home in May. Peterson said he was using a form of discipline his father used on him as a boy.

  • 29 Interested in Growing Minnesota Medical Pot

    The Minnesota Department of Health says it has received 29 letters of intent from people interested in growing medical marijuana under the state's new program.

  • Balloons were able to inflate in 2013, but could not take off.  Organizers are hopeful for better weather conditions this year. Balloon Festival Underway in Bayfront Park

    If the weather cooperates, something that hasn't happened for more than a century in Duluth could happen this weekend.  If not, visitors to "Le Festival des Montgolfieres a Duluth" will still be able to enjoy numerous free family activities.

  • Ironwood Man Convicted of Child Enticement

    An Ironwood man has pleaded no contest to a felony child enticement charge after allegedly traveling to a northern Wisconsin community to meet what he thought was a 15-year-old girl.

  • Poll: Support for PolyMet Mine Has Declined

    A new poll shows support for a proposed copper and nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota has declined. The poll for the Star Tribune shows 40 percent of Minnesotans surveyed approve of PolyMet's plans.

 
Advertisement