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After uproar, Obama shifts birth control policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama, struggling with a political storm that hasthreatened to keep building, announced a birth control compromise today that he said would both protect religious liberties and ensure that the nation’s women have access to free contraception.

After weeks of growing controversy, Obama backed off a recently announced requirement for religious-affiliated employers to provide free birth control coverage even if it runs counter to their beliefs. Instead, workers at such institutions will be able to get free contraception directly from health insurance companies.

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