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Feds revise rule on birth control mandate

Feds revise rule on birth control mandate

Under increasing legal and political pressure, the Obama administration issued a new rule Friday designed to ensure that female employees have access to birth control while accommodating religious employers that object to covering it through their health insurance plans.

But the latest attempt at a compromise — which comes in response to recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions — was quickly criticized by religious groups, including the Catonsville-based Little Sisters of the Poor, for not fully addressing their concerns.

Religious nonprofits and some companies would be permitted to register objections to the coverage requirement directly to the government. In those instances,...