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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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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