US President Barack Obama
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Obama: Contraception policy saves lives and money

The White House has announced modified plans to require all women to have access to contraception, attempting to stem anger from Catholic leaders.

US President Barack Obama said the policy "saves lives and saves money".

Catholic leaders have been angered by the new rule, which required Church-linked institutions to offer health insurance including birth control.

But the White House changed the scheme to allow health insurers to provide cover directly if employers object.

  • 10 Feb 2012