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Albany Law professor: Supreme Court got contraceptives ruling right

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An Albany Law School professor who describes himself as a liberal Democrat said the Supreme Court made the “absolutely correct decision” in its ruling released Monday that states Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. can deny covering certain contraceptives for its employees. The 5-4 court ruling is limited to closely held for-profit companies, those with five or fewer owners holding at least 50 percent of ownership, as opposed to publicly traded entities, striking down a provision of ...

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July 1, 2014
7:24 a.m.

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The professor's argument would carry more weight if the court limited its ruling to excluding coverage for only those types of contraceptives that work by preventing a fertilized egg -- in effect, a person, according to some religions -- from implanting itself in the uterine wall, which is equivalent to an abortion. But the court exempted these "small" corporations from providing coverage for all contraceptives, including intra-uterine devices, which can cost up to a month's income for women earning the minimum wage, and other forms of birth control that doctors prescribe for legitimate medical purposes like treating polycystic ovary syndrome. This case shows once again the need to adopt government sponsored universal health insurance.