Wisconsin to stop enforcing birth control law

Gov. Scott Walker

MGN Online

Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 -- 5:00 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker's administration will no longer enforce the state's contraception coverage law for employers with religious objections following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month.

The decision riled birth control advocates and Democrats, who said Wednesday that Wisconsin law is not affected by the decision.

The Supreme Court ruled that companies with religious objections, like Hobby Lobby, can avoid the contraceptives requirement of the federal health care overhaul law.

Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner's office spokesman J.P. Wieske said Wednesday that the state had no decision to make because it is federally pre-empted from enforcing the law.

Democratic attorney general candidate Jon Richards says if elected he would initiate legal action to require enforcement of the law. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke and others including Planned Parenthood also decried the decision.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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