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Monday, June 30, 2014

COAKLEY WILL WORK TO REQUIRE COMPANIES THAT CONTRACT WITH THE STATE TO OFFER EMPLOYEES INSURANCE THAT COVERS CONTRACEPTIVE SERVICES

COAKLEY WILL WORK TO REQUIRE COMPANIES THAT CONTRACT WITH THE STATE TO OFFER EMPLOYEES INSURANCE THAT COVERS CONTRACEPTIVE SERVICES

BOSTON - Monday, June 30, 2014 - In light of today's Supreme Court decision in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius that ruled that for-profit corporations are not required to provide contraceptive coverage to their employees, Attorney General Martha Coakley, candidate for governor, today issued the following statement:

"I am deeply disappointed by Monday’s ruling by the Supreme Court that puts at risk the right of women to access affordable contraceptive services.  Healthcare decisions should be made between a woman and her doctor, not based on the views of a corporation or employer. As Governor, I will do everything in my power to ensure that women in Massachusetts have access to affordable contraceptive services, no matter where they work.  As a first step, I will work to require any company that contracts with the Commonwealth to offer employees insurance that covers contraceptive services.  I will also look at ways for the state to make these services available for women no matter the views of their employer."

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