Two months ago, NYRA petitioned against Obama’s Health and Human Services Agency discriminating against teenagers trying to get emergency contraceptives. It’s great to see the administration now taking a position for college students, at least, enjoying equal access to birth control.

Beginning in 2013, most health plans will be required to cover contraceptives, including the health plans universities offer students. Some Catholic-run universities have pressed the administration to give them an exemption so they can continue to deny birth control pills to the students they cover, but Obama’s HHS has rightly figured out that what counts is the religious and moral views of the individual student, not of the guys running her school.

This morning, NYRA joined other organizations supporting the administration’s stand for students’ right to follow their own conscience.

Read the joint statement here.