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Boehner: Obama birth-control decision an 'attack on religious freedom'

“If the president does not reverse the [Health and Human Services] Department’s attack on religious freedom, then the Congress, acting on behalf of the American people and the Constitution we are sworn to uphold and defend, must,” Boehner said in a rare floor speech.

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“This attack by the federal government on religious freedom in our country cannot stand, and will not stand,” he said.

The Obama administration’s decision has touched off a political firestorm with the Catholic Church, which opposes birth control. While such groups as the church would be exempt from the policy, hospitals, charities and universities affiliated with the Catholic Church and other religious organizations would have to provide the coverage. 

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