Hot News Stories (9/30/13)

Huffington Post (USA) 
House Republicans included a so-called “conscience clause” in the government funding bill in a plan they approved early Sunday. The measure would allow employers and insurers to opt out of preventative care for women which they find objectionable on moral or religious grounds.

New York Times (New York, NY)
The recent federal mandate requiring employer health plans to cover birth control without a co-payment has given rise to a slew of lawsuits by private companies claiming the mandate attacks religious freedom. Given the conflicting rulings, it is a good bet the Supreme Court will agree to address this issue in the next term.

The Texas Tribune (Houston, TX)
Texas first lady Anita Perry said Saturday that while there’s no daylight between her and her husband on abortion, “That could be a woman’s right, just like it’s a man’s right if he wants to have some kind of procedure.”

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