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Ohio Democrats Propose Bill Requiring Birth Control Coverage

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Democrats in the Ohio Legislature are introducing a bill that they say would require employer-provided health insurance plans that cover prescription drugs to cover contraceptives under the same terms without charging a co-pay. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 10:05 am

State Representative 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 as a way to prevent their employees from getting IUD’s and birth control pills.

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

Clyde says this bill would not go against 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.

Speaking with the Columbus Dispatch, a spokeswoman for Ohio Right to Life called this proposal a "political tool" meant to rouse support in the midterm elections, and said it wouldn't go anywhere in the legislature.

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