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White House: Will work to make sure women affected by ruling will have access to contraception

The White House said on Monday that women's health will be jeopardized by a Supreme Court's decision that allows corporations with religious objections to opt out of a requirement that they cover contraceptives.

Supporters of employer-paid birth control rally in front of the Supreme Court before the decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores was announced June 30, 2014 in Washington.
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Supporters of employer-paid birth control rally in front of the Supreme Court before the decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores was announced June 30, 2014 in Washington.

The court's 5-4 decision means the Obama administration must find alternative ways of providing free contraception to women who are covered under objecting companies' health insurance plans.

The executive branch will also consider whether the president can act on his own to mitigate the effect of the Supreme Court ruling, the White House said.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that women should make personal health decisions for themselves.

Earnest said the White House is looking into how many women could be affected by the decision. He said Congress should take action to assist women affected by the decision.

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The contraceptive coverage requirement is contained in Obama's new health care law.

—By The Associated Press. Reuters contributed to this report.

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