Republican Platform Lumbers Far to the Right

By: Wednesday August 29, 2012 12:23 pm

The Republican platform is too large a document and covers too many issue areas for one person to dissect entirely. I covered my core competency by going through the housing plank. But for those who did have the time and resources to do a full overview, the picture becomes clear that this is a pretty [...]

Judge Temporarily Blocks Contraceptive Mandate in Health Care Law

By: Saturday July 28, 2012 8:28 am

A federal court has temporarily blocked the Obama Administration’s contraceptive mandate for one Colorado air conditioning company, in the first of what promises to be several legal fights over the regulation, ultimately winding up at the Supreme Court. The ruling comes in a case brought by Hercules Industries, which argued that they should not have [...]

In Good Omen for Contraceptive Mandate, Federal Judge Throws Out Challenge

By: Wednesday July 18, 2012 1:53 pm

In the first federal court ruling on the Obama Administration’s mandate for the provision of free contraceptive coverage as part of the preventive services package in the health care law, a judge in Nebraska has thrown out the challenge to the mandate pursued by six states. U.S. District Judge Warren Urbom dismissed the lawsuit, saying [...]

Catholic Hospitals Join Criticism of Obamacare Contraception Mandate

By: Monday June 18, 2012 1:00 pm

That’s Mitt Romney, appearing via video at the Faith and Freedom Conference over the weekend, decrying the contraception order put out by the Department of Health and Human Services, which the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has opposed. The decision by the Obama Administration to attack our first Freedom, religious freedom is one in which, [...]

Catholic Institutions Sue Government Over Contraception Mandate

By: Tuesday May 22, 2012 12:16 pm

I mentioned this in passing in yesterday’s Roundup, but the lawsuit filed by two major Catholic institutions over the Obama Administration’s contraception rule is really something to behold. The story so far: The Department of Health and Human Services instituted a rule from the Affordable Care Act that ensured all employer-provided health insurance plans would [...]

Religious University Abruptly Drops Birth Control Coverage

By: Wednesday April 4, 2012 11:35 am

I mentioned this briefly in yesterday’s Roundup, but I wanted to circle back to it, because it’s incredible. Despite the annoying way in which the President touts his policy preferences as previously “conservative ideas,” it actually is pretty incredible, just on an anthropological level, how conservatives can manage to turn on a dime on these [...]

Blunt Amendment Offers Clash of Ideologies

By: Monday February 27, 2012 7:35 am

We’re going to have that rare moment this week in Congress, a vote which both sides anticipate with a certain glee. The transportation bill is on the floor of the Senate this week, and Democrats can’t wait to have their rivals initiate a vote on the Blunt amendment, which responds to the President’s birth control [...]

Reid Will Allow Vote on Blunt Amendment, Extending Birth Control Access Debate

By: Wednesday February 15, 2012 6:54 am

Happy to allow a debate on birth control in 2012, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will give Republicans a vote on an amendment to the surface transportation bill authored by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), known as the “Freedom of Conscience” amendment. The amendment, sponsored by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), would let employers opt out of [...]

Gallup: Obama Approval with Catholics Mostly Unchanged After Birth Control Debate

By: Tuesday February 14, 2012 12:13 pm

A Gallup poll out today shows virtually no ill effects to President Obama’s poll numbers among Catholics after a week of controversy about birth control access rules opposed by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. The poll shows that support for Obama has hovered between 45% and 51% over the past couple months, and after [...]

Birth Control Debate Exposes Desired Social Control from Catholic Bishops

By: Friday February 10, 2012 11:25 am

Catholic bishops had a mixed reaction to President Obama’s new plan for birth control access, which preserves universal cost-free access and uses a Hawaii-type compromise to leave the religiously affiliated institutions out of the exchange of services between an insurance company and the employee. Catholic officials say President Obama called New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, [...]

Administration Officials Announce Birth Control Access “Compromise” for Religious Institutions

By: Friday February 10, 2012 7:55 am

Senior Administration officials outlined the imminent compromise to be announced by President Obama, which follows the “Hawaii compromise” by mandating that insurance companies reach out directly to employees at religiously affiliated institutions and offer them contraceptive care. The officials described a process that “accommodates religious liberty while protecting the health of women.” Under the new [...]

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