Maine AG Stands Behind Opposition to Fed Mandate

February 27, 2012

A group of 32 Democratic women legislators is urging Maine Attorney General William Schneider to remove his name from a letter to the Obama administration opposing a federal mandate that employers cover contraception in health insurance plans.

The group delivered a letter to Schneider last Friday saying they’re disappointed he opposes a federal law requiring insurance companies to cover contraceptives for women no matter where they work.

Schneider and 12 other Republican attorneys general signed the letter saying the new mandate is unconstitutional because it “would compel religious organizations, hospitals, universities and social service entities to subsidize contraceptive products and services which clearly violate their religious beliefs.” Churches are exempt from the mandate.

Schneider told MaineToday Media that signing the letter was strictly a legal issue.

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