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Underwood 'disappointed' with Supreme Court ruling on birth control requirement

U.S. Congresswoman Lauren Underwood prepares to address attendees of her press conference on the affect of the high price of diabetes medication on Monday, July 15, 2019, at Edward Outpatient Center in Plainfield, Ill.  Congresswoman Underwood recently released a report detailing the affect on how the high price of diabetes medication have impacted families, seniors and the uninsured.
U.S. Congresswoman Lauren Underwood prepares to address attendees of her press conference on the affect of the high price of diabetes medication on Monday, July 15, 2019, at Edward Outpatient Center in Plainfield, Ill. Congresswoman Underwood recently released a report detailing the affect on how the high price of diabetes medication have impacted families, seniors and the uninsured.

U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood decried the Supreme Court siding with the Trump administration's effort to allow employers who cite religious or moral objections to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday decided 7-2 that the administration could make the change, which lower courts had blocked.

“A person’s access to necessary health care, which includes contraception, should not depend on the personal opinions of their employer. Period," Underwood said in the statement. "I’m extremely disappointed in today’s Supreme Court decision, and am emboldened to continue to fight for reproductive rights and access to quality health care for all.”

The government had estimated that the rule changes would cause about 70,000 women, and at most 126,000 women, to lose contraception coverage in one year.

U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs, tweeted Wednesday, "Great to see SCOTUS continue to uphold religious liberty and the First Amendment."

Lipinski may have also been referring to an earlier ruling against a Montana statute denying state tuition assistance to parents who send their children to religious schools.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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