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Ohio Democrats introduce bill to require employers to cover birth control
State representative says bill would not conflict with recent Hobby Lobby Supreme Court ruling

Jo Ingles
Ohio Democrats are trying to introduce a bill that would require employer health care programs to cover birth control.
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Democrats in the Ohio Legislature are introducing a bill that to require employer-provided health care insurance plans that cover prescription drugs to cover contraceptives under the same terms without charging a co-pay.

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde says the bill would make sure Ohio companies would not be able to use religious freedom, as Hobby Lobby did in a recent Supreme Court case, to prevent their employees from getting IUDs and birth control pills.


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"We have to act to protect women from interference from their employers in their personal, private health decisions," Clyde says. "We have to act because, plain and simple, your health care is not your boss’s business.”

Clyde says this bill would not contradict the Supreme Court’s ruling because it affects private companies under limited parameters.

The bill would also mandate that companies could not discriminate against employees because of their reproductive health care decisions.

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