Wehby, Merkley differ on contraceptives ruling

Wehby, Merkley differ on contraceptives ruling
GOP nominee Dr. Monica Wehby and Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's candidates for U.S. Senate are taking differing views of Monday's Supreme Court decision on insurance coverage for contraceptives.

The high court ruled that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

Democratic incumbent Jeff Merkley denounced the decision, releasing a statement that called the ruling "an unacceptable intrusion of bosses into personal health options."

Republican Monica Wehby's campaign manager says Wehby "doesn't see a problem with the ruling," as long as every woman has access to contraception through other means.

The court's ruling suggested ways the Obama administration could offer birth control to women whose employers refused.

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