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U.S. Sen Kay Hagan U.S. Sen Kay Hagan

Sen. Kay Hagan held press conference Friday with abortion-rights activists to discuss the Supreme Court ruling that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

Hagan, as well as members of Planned Parenthood and Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina CEO Janet Colm, spoke at the North Carolina Association of Educators Center.

Hagan was one of 37 U.S. Senators who introduced legislation last week to restore full access to employer-covered contraception for women. That bill, however, was blocked by Senate Republicans on Wednesday.

Republicans called the bill a political stunt aimed at helping vulnerable Democratic incumbents in the elections.

The bill was introduced after the Supreme Court ruled on June 30 that closely held businesses with religious objections could deny coverage under Obama's health care law. It was the first time the high court has declared that businesses can hold religious views under federal law.

Hagan is running for re-election this year. Planned Parenthood's national president has said its political arm would spend $3 million on voter mobilization in hopes of helping Hagan.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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