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Pro-choice women ask Ohio AG what's next: no vaccinations?
AG DeWine says employers should be able to opt out of contraceptive health insurace on religious grounds

Jo Ingles

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine recently wrote to the feds, asking that some private employers be exempt from health care plans that include contraception coverage for workers. DeWine says employers should be able to opt out on religious grounds. That has Kellie Copeland of NARAL Pro Choice Ohio asking questions about where it will end.

Copeland on private health care

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“What if you need a treatment that involves something that’s been developed with stem cell research and your employer doesn’t believe in that? Or if you want to have your HPV vaccine covered but your employer doesn’t believe in vaccinations?
"I mean, truly, where does the line end? The idea that your employer is involved and that politicians are inviting employers in to the doctor’s office with patients, it’s a step too far.”

Copeland points out that, in the case of most employer-subsidized health care plans, the employee pays a large share of the monthly premiums.

Attorney General DeWine says Copeland is making false comparisons.

DeWine on private health care

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“There’s clearly a compelling government interest to have people vaccinated for example or to have other things that are provided.”

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