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Justice and equality for women

There were several misleading and false claims in the article, "Planned Parenthood's practices in question" (The Union, Feb. 21). Let's look at the facts about President Obama's mandate that all employers provide coverage for basic birth control with no co-pays.

There is already a respectful exemption that allows approximately 335,000 churches and houses of worship to opt out of the administration's policy. But it makes no sense that the religiously affiliated hospitals and universities that serve and employ people of all faiths should not play by the same rules as everyone else.

The Obama administration made the right call for millions of women and for women's health when it decided to protect access to affordable contraception. All women should have easy access to birth control, no matter where they work. This popular, common sense decision means that more women will be better able to care for their families. It's a matter of economic justice and equality for women's health care.

Marlene Katz

board member, Nevada County

Citizens for Choice

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The Union Updated Mar 10, 2012 02:26AM Published Mar 10, 2012 02:22AM Copyright 2012 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.