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, [...]

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 [...]

Pacifists’ “Conscience Objections” to War Taxes Never Get Same Notoriety as Opposition to Funding Birth Control

By: Tuesday February 14, 2012 8:57 am

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has not ceased its holy war on birth control access, shunting aside the obvious contradiction of an organization beset with sexual abuse scandals telling other people what they should and should not do when it comes to sex. Cardinal-in-training Timothy Dolan plans to support legislation like Roy Blunt’s bill [...]

Senate Dems Could Add UI and Doc Fix to Unfunded Payroll Tax Cut Bill

By: Tuesday February 14, 2012 6:16 am

Senate Democrats have a plan for the payroll tax cut legislation that House Republicans basically gave up on yesterday. When we last left our story, Republicans said that they would offer a bill in the House extending the payroll tax cut to the end of the year without an offset. This would mean that the [...]

Snowe, Collins Support Compromise on Birth Control Access

By: Monday February 13, 2012 10:15 am

We know that the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has rejected the new compromise policy on birth control access, and that the Republican leadership agrees with them. But does that mean they have a chance to shift policy legislatively? The chances of that took a severe blow today, when Maine Republican Senators Olympia Snowe and [...]

Catholic Bishops to Continue Fight Against Birth Control Access

By: Saturday February 11, 2012 9:14 am

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops have now either reversed field from their previous reaction to the Obama Administration’s birth control accommodation policy announced yesterday, or they’re in negotiation mode. That’s what we can make of their latest missive, laden with unnecessary bold-facing, on the birth control access issue. The bishops made it fairly clear [...]

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 [...]

Boehner: Without Reversal on Birth Control Access Rules, House Will Act

By: Wednesday February 8, 2012 10:54 am

House Speaker John Boehner, escalating the birth control access controversy, said in a rare floor speech today that the House would act legislatively to roll back the Administration’s policy of universal access, particularly as it relates to religiously affiliated institutions. The video of the short floor speech is above; the full text is below. In [...]

Planned Parenthood Joins the Fight on Birth Control

By: Wednesday February 8, 2012 6:22 am

An energized and battle-tested Planned Parenthood will issue a call to action to their members today to defend the President’s birth control policy and urge the White House not to give in to the fierce lobbying from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops by altering the policy in any way detrimental to universal access. The [...]

White House Signals Potential Compromise on Birth Control Access for Religiously Affiliated Institutions

By: Tuesday February 7, 2012 1:45 pm

Administration officials are preparing the ground for some kind of rollback on universal access for birth control, after the US Conference of Catholic Bishops turned the issue into a major controversy. Yesterday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney hinted at changes to the regulations, which would mandate free contraceptive coverage in health insurance plans, including [...]

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