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The Supreme Court rules on abortion

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The Supreme Court closed out its term with two decisions on reproductive health -- striking down a Massachusetts "buffer zone" law and saying closely held for-profit companies do not have to provide contraception coverage to female employees because of the religious beliefs of the owner.  This isn't the first time the Supreme Court has weighed in on the abortion rights/anti-abortion debate.  Twenty-five years ago, the justices upheld a Missouri law that restricted state funding and facilities used for abortions.  On a Headline Edition of Washington Week, the panelists discuss

Obama’s New Approach: Bypassing Congress

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There’s not much President Barack Obama can do to boost the economy in the next five months, and that alone might cost him the November election. But on a range of social issues, Obama is bypassing Congress and aggressively using his executive powers to make it easier for gays to marry, women to obtain birth control, and, now, young illegal immigrants to avoid deportation.

Senate Rejects Effort to Roll Back Birth Control Rule

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The Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate today narrowly rejected an amendment by Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., to circumvent a controversial Obama administration rule requiring employers to provide contraceptives. The Obama rule has provoked a passionate election year debate about the line between religious freedom and women's health.
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White House Lays Low as Birth Control Dispute Heats Up

On The Radar

If the White House had been searching for an issue that could draw sharper contrasts with Republicans over women's health, economic opportunities and freedom, a skirmish with Catholic bishops and others over a requirement that health insurance cover contraception costs might just do it. For yet another day, the White House hung back while the discussion in Washington took on distinctly partisan and gender-rich overtones.
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Obama Tries to Ease Ire on Contraception Rule

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Facing vocal opposition from religious leaders and an escalating political fight, the White House sought on Tuesday to ease mounting objections to a new administration rule that would require health insurance plans — including those offered by Catholic universities and charities — to offer birth control to women free of charge.
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