Women's groups blast Supreme Court ruling on birth control

Supporters of employer-paid birth control rally in front of the Supreme Court before the decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores was announced June 30, 2014 in Washington, DC. The high court ruled 5-4 that requiring family-owned corporations to pay for insurance coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act violated a federal law protecting religious freedom.  (Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images)
Supporters of employer-paid birth control rally in front of the Supreme Court before the decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores was announced June 30, 2014 in Washington, DC. The high court ruled 5-4 that requiring family-owned corporations to pay for insurance coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act violated a federal law protecting religious freedom. (Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images)
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Updated: 6/30 3:14 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders of women's groups are denouncing Monday's Supreme Court decision on contraceptive coverage, and they are pointing out the fact that the ruling came from five male justices.

A sharply divided court said some companies are exempt from the requirement in the new health care law that they provide birth control coverage for women -- specifically, companies with a small number of owners who have religious objections to that part of the law. The court said requiring those companies to pay for contraception violates the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The White House said Monday's decision creates health risks for women -- and that Congress should take action to make sure they get coverage.

But the justices who voted with the majority today say the administration itself can get around the ruling. Anthony Kennedy said insurance companies could be required to cover -- without any cost-sharing -- contraception for those female employees who want it.

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