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Women's healthcare in recent legal developments

Amarillo, TX - Women's health care is taking center stage in both national and state arenas.

Earlier today (Jun. 28), the Obama Administration finalized the rules concerning contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act.  And the U.S. Supreme Court may take a second look at Oklahoma's stance on contraceptive drugs.

Under the Affordable Care Act, employers are required to provide contraception for employees either directly through their own insurance or through a third party - the act allows exceptions for religious employers.  Today's ruling simplifies the definition of "religious employer," and clarifies how non-profits who opt out of contraceptive coverage will be reimbursed.

It also pushes back the deadline for compliance from this August to next January.

And in a related vein, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to loosen current restrictions on physicians to administer abortion-inducing drugs.  SCOTUS is awaiting a review from the Oklahoma high court before deciding whether to consider the appeal.

Oklahoma is one of only four states that requires doctors to follow strict FDA protocol, which opponents say effectively bans abortions altogether.

If you'd like to learn more about the specifics of the changes to the Affordable Care Act or the arguments surrounding Oklahoma's law, follow the links attached to this story.

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