Catholic bishops group denounces contraception compromise

Catholic bishops group says the president’s new plan is a “needless government intrusion”

Alan Silverleib

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops denounced President Barack Obama’s compromise over whether to require religiously affiliated institutions to provide contraception to female employees, saying the proposal raises “serious moral concerns,” according to a statement posted on its website late Friday.

“Today’s proposal continues to involve needless government intrusion in the internal governance of religious institutions, and to threaten government coercion of religious people and groups to violate their most deploy held convictions,” the statement said.

Under the new plan announced by Obama Friday, religiously affiliated universities and hospitals will not be forced to offer contraception coverage to their employees. Insurers will be required, however, to offer complete coverage free of charge to any women who work at such institutions. Women who work at churches, though, will have no guarantee of such contraception coverage — a continuation of current law.

News of the compromise came after days of escalating partisan and ideological rhetoric over the divisive issue. The White House originally wanted to require hospitals and schools with religious ties to offer full contraception coverage. Many Catholic leaders and other religious groups strongly oppose any requirement for contraception coverage on theological grounds…

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CAJ noteHow can the President, or any American citizen, believe the First Amendment can be subjected to “compromise”? We are incredulous that even this President believes you are just that stupid or complacent enough to tolerate such a compromise. Catholics will have to abide by this compromise to their religious beliefs, but Amish and Muslim citizens will not? Who sees the problem of inequality and unintended consequences here? Nudge. Nudge. Shove…

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