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Merkley called the decision a blow to women and their access to birth control.

 

Monica Wehby said she didn't see a problem with the ruling as long as women still have access to contraception through a third party.

 

Oregon Senate Majority leader Diane Rosenbaum disagrees.

 

"Frankly I was outraged!  Senator Merkley denounced the decision saying it prevents access to birth control and jeopardizes birth control that millions of women rely on. Monica Wehby embraced the ruling and it proves she's out of step with Oregon's values."

 

Michele Stanger Hunter, the Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, believes the decision has far reahcing implications.

 

"In fact this case opens the door for employers to say we're not going to cover blood transfusions or vacciantions.  It's saying that when the service provided conflicts with the religious beliefs of a closely held corporation, then they don't have to cover that service."

 

Wehby believes the Supreme Court's decision is a narrow one that only affects closely held corporations and won't affect that many women.

 

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