Obama administration unveils new contraception compromise

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In an effort to tamp down a politically charged controversy, President Obama's administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees, while still guaranteeing those employees have access to contraceptive coverage.

Even so, the accommodations may not fully satisfy religious groups who oppose any system that makes them complicit in providing coverage they view as immoral.

White House spokesman Eric Schultz expressed hope at a briefing on Friday that the rules would satisfy groups on both sides of the divide.

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