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  • Symposium Commentary: The ACA's Other Mandate: Contraceptive Coverage, Conscientious Objection, and Reproductive Rights

    What I’m going to speak to you about today is some of the legislation that’s standing before the New York State legislature now. I am also going to talk about some more legislation that’s being passed around the country and producing some challenges in the courts. When we talk about where we are, where we’ve been, and where we’re going, where we’ve been is women have died from abortions. Where we are is that fewer women are dying. And where are we going? I hope to a society that recognizes that women should make their own personal private health care decisions. Women might ask lots of people to be part of that decision making process. We might ask a person of faith, we might ask our family, we may ask our medical provider. However I’m sure the one person we’re not going to call up and invite to the kitchen table to have a conversation with is our local elected official, the President of the United States or a Supreme Court justice.

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