Obama Amends Birth Control Policy Amid Religious Concerns

President Barack Obama declared Friday he's found a solution that will protect religious liberty but also ensure that women have access to free birth control, as he rushed to defuse an election-year political uproar that threatened to overtake his administration.

Capping weeks of growing controversy, Obama announced he was backing off a newly announced requirement for religious employers to provide free birth control coverage even if it runs counter to their religious beliefs. Instead, workers at such institutions will be able to get free birth control coverage directly from health insurance companies.

"Religious liberty will be protected and a law that requires free preventative care will not discriminate against women," Obama said in a brief appearance in the White House briefing room.

"I understand some folks in Washington want to treat this as another political wedge issue. But it shouldn't be. I certainly never saw it that way," Obama said. "This is an issue where people of good will on both sides of the debate have been sorting through some very complicated questions."

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  • by Liv on Feb 18, 2012 at 09:41 PM
    Its not the governments job to provide women with birth control, it is your own darn RESPONSIBILITY to get it.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Feb 15, 2012 at 06:37 AM
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s Roman Catholic Church drew fire Tuesday for releasing a set of voting “guidelines” for the faithful ahead of the July 1 presidential elections. All religious groups in Mexico are banned from engaging in electoral politics, or supporting or opposing any candidate or party. The guidelines published by the Archdiocese of Mexico on its web site appear to closely skirt the restriction. But the issue is a sensitive one in Mexico, where harsh anti-clerical laws sparked the 1926-1929 Cristero war, an uprising by Roman Catholic rebels against Mexico’s secular government in which tens of thousands of people died. While loosened in the 1990s, many restrictions on church activities in Mexico remain. The latest “pastoral guidelines” do not mention any party, saying only that Catholics cannot “choose as a political option those who support or promote false rights or liberties that attack the teachings contained in the Holy Scriptures, tradition and doctrine of the Church.” That appeared to be a reference to gay marriage and abortion rights, both of which the church has hotly opposed. The guidelines also say Catholics “should be alert to the commitments of the candidates and their parties to respect the foremost of all rights, which is the right to life, from the moment of conception.”
  • by Desperation for separation on Feb 14, 2012 at 10:33 AM
    This bill says that you have to cover birth control. This should be a non issue if these catholic women live by the bible. The catholic church does not believe in birth control.Our government says that birth control has to be covered not taken. Distite what OSOS says no one will be forcing birth control on anyone who doesn't want it.
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Feb 14, 2012 at 01:20 PM in reply to Desperation for separation
      Read the bill, Catholics will have to pay for it and offer it to employees so don't hang you hat on anything. This also includes abortive drugs, although, the left tells you not to focus on that point since abortions are more upsetting to catholics than BC pills. This non compromise just got Obama thrown out of the whitehouse. If he thinks that forcing unconstitutional laws on christians is right, its our right to let him know what we think of him in 2012. Count em up, over 70 million catholics, 17 million hispanics and the protestants that object to this law....wow. He threw Jews under the bus and now this. Seems you great president is dumb as a bag of hammers.....are you still in that bag?
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        by To osoc on Feb 14, 2012 at 09:36 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
        YOU read it! The compromise states that the insurance companies will pay for it! It DOES have to be offered to be fair to women-I know that is a hard pill to swallow for Republicans. BUT, the Catholic institution will not pay for it! Keep in mind, church were NEVER required to offer it. They are even exempt from religious and sexual discrimination in hiring-They can hire based on religion and sex! The Bount bill wants to allow ANY company who does not want to offer certain coverage to opt out for ANY reason! For example, Blount says if a company decides they don't think chemotherapy is appropriate for Cancer, they can deny it! ie, Blount does not want employers to have to cover ANY health care! That is EXACTLY why the democrats had to pass Obamacare, the GOP never cared about health insurance and this just proves it!
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Feb 15, 2012 at 06:21 AM in reply to To osoc
          So you had to spin it to make it sound pallatable. You can keep pounding out your theories from the Libterdial web sites, I am sticking with the facts from the Cathoic web sites. Oh, and by the way, keep in mind, Italy doesn't have to meet the same requirements as "political adds" or "party selection" as in the US, if they say democrats they mean the libterds. Some adds are coming from Mexico so if you think this was fluffed off the shoulder, guess again. In all my years, I have never seen this church up in arms on anything, this time, Obama had a epic fail.
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        by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 at 08:40 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
        Good your religion doesn't give you special rights that others don't. You should have to pay for it, just like how you have to pay for executions in prisons. But wait...isn't murdering people against your religion also? Where is your outcry to the state over the death penalty using money from Catholics to commit murder?
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Feb 17, 2012 at 07:53 AM in reply to
          Eye for an eye....
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          by Truth on Feb 17, 2012 at 05:40 PM in reply to
          ...makes the whole world blind. Jesus said that was not the way, he said to turn the other cheek.
  • by To EOW &osoc Location: ENC on Feb 13, 2012 at 09:06 PM
    You two need to get "informed". Both have denied that the GOP is anti contraceptions and this is a "religious" issue. Obama's health care requires that women be covered for contraceptives. Keep in mind, women do NOT conceive without men being involved! Today, Roy Blount (R-MO) wants this part of the health care law repealed! He wants any company who wants to to DENY contraception coverage for women. This denial would only require the companies to say it is against their "personal feelings" regardless of their religion!! This proves that this was NEVER a religious issue-this was and is a woman's health issue! EOW-you want to know which Republicans are fighting the pill-well here you are! Roy Blount and Mitch McConnell agrees with him! Neither one asked that Viagra no longer be covered! Again, any woman who has any self-respect will NOT vote Republican!
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Feb 14, 2012 at 06:41 AM in reply to To EOW &osoc
      Nope, Catholics are fighting the bill period. You do not make laws to violate out religious beliefs. Say what you wish, this lost Obama millions in voters and we will support the roll back of Obamacare now fully. 70 million strong in the US plus our hispanic brothers, he has lost. I have read the rhetoric from the left to defend this action, it can't be defended. Like a bag of hammers tossed off a third story building, its going to hurt when it hits you on the head. Bear witness of the worst president in the history of America....he will be famous for failures...
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        by To osoc on Feb 14, 2012 at 09:31 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
        Can you read? This bill says NOTHING about religion! It would simply mean that any company who does not want to cover women-can get away with that! This is about women's rights! There were those who did want to give up their slaves either-but the government protected them, now the government is having to do the same thing with women-protect them from the domination of men who would control them!
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Feb 14, 2012 at 01:21 PM in reply to To osoc
          That is a pile you just left. Desperate times require desperate measures. This is about freedom of religion...learn about it, we will talk then.
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          by To osoc on Feb 14, 2012 at 09:36 PM in reply to To osoc
          You don't even know about the Blount bill, do you?
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Feb 17, 2012 at 07:54 AM in reply to To osoc
          I am very aware of the bill and very aware of how Reid pushed it out...try to keep up, you know better than that.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Feb 13, 2012 at 10:07 AM
    The administration was SHOCKED into making a compromise... not because religious liberty was esteemed as an important value in itself. The Obama administration hopes that the U.S. bishops will accept its proposed compromise (February 10, 2012). However, while we are still awaiting word from our shepherds, I still have serious reservations. The administration was shocked that even liberal Catholic voices were joining the chorus in deploring the initial policy as encroachment upon religious liberty. It was certain that there would be no movement of the Obama Whitehouse away from the giving women free access to contraception. But as Republicans picked up on the issue, election strategists urged an immediate counter-strategy. The offer of a year of grace was insufficient. Is this the best for which we can hope? Might this merely be a ploy to defuse the situation while really changing very little? Catholic parishes, schools, charities, and hospitals should not be forced to provide birth control to employees since such would violate Catholic teaching against artificial contraception. That is the bottom line! And thus, Obama will not win re-election in 2012 with the loss of over 70 million US voters. They won't vote against Obama, they will not vote period.
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      by Well on Feb 13, 2012 at 09:06 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      Well, he is leading Romeny in your precious polls right now!
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      by And... on Feb 14, 2012 at 04:56 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      Even your faux news reports 98% of catholic women take birth control so GOP thugs got 2% . Way to go repugs in helping re-elect Obama.
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        by Obama Snake Oil co on Feb 14, 2012 at 06:44 AM in reply to And...
        And 100% of catholic men don't like paying for others birth control and abortions. Don't worry about re electing Obama...better figure who you want from the GOP to run the country.
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          by To OSOC on Feb 14, 2012 at 09:32 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
          But they don't mind paying for Viagra! Go figure, you think this might be men controlling women? Duh!
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Feb 14, 2012 at 01:28 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
          My insurance would not pay for any Viagra? What are you even talking about? Is there a loophole in thou shalt no kill innocent unborn children you found?
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          by To osoc on Feb 14, 2012 at 09:37 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
          Yes, Fed. funds ARE used to pay for Viagra!!!
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Feb 15, 2012 at 06:31 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
          Thats real interresting To OSOC, according to my BC & BS of NC, its not covered by my plan. Its not even on the list...so you were saying about that paying thing is not true unless this was just passed.
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          by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 at 08:46 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
          Then you have crappy insurance.
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          by and... on Feb 17, 2012 at 01:57 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
          you should not be concerned, as you have no need for any of the drugs mentioned, now if they would only make you take the meds you need we would all be better off. sweater vest boy for pres. take away money for education and make birth control illegal, another gop klown. Says buy American while driving an Italian car.
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          by Obama Snake Oil co on Feb 17, 2012 at 08:01 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
          Did your parents abuse you by moving out and not telling you where? When you were on the playground, did they avoid you and call you names? Well, it is a sign, a sign you have libterdialitis, yes, the over indulgence in koolaid that will make you post in ignrorant angry rants. You can can get help now through the new Obimboliberditis foundation and its absolutely free to you. At the new Obimbolibterditis foundation, you will friends, like Jimmy Carter, Nancy Pelosi, Anthony Wiener and Barney Franks, all people suffering from the same disease as you. Do it now, for the childern and old people on fixed incomes and teachers pay.....
  • by Guest on Feb 13, 2012 at 07:34 AM
    Think before you engage in sexual intercourse. Or stay away from it. Get some common sense.
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      by To Guest on Feb 14, 2012 at 09:38 PM in reply to Guest
      Then stop the US and insurance companies from covering Viagra! If God decides that man should no longer have sex-that should be good enough!
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        by Truth on Feb 17, 2012 at 04:17 AM in reply to To Guest
        Yes, and while we're at it - let's not fly planes, drive cars, or do anything "god" never intended for man - like you know what he wants, anyway!
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      by Anonymous on Feb 18, 2012 at 09:42 PM in reply to Guest
  • by EWO asked Location: ENC on Feb 11, 2012 at 09:17 PM
    EWO opened aske if one Republican voted for Obamacare. That is the WHOLE POINT! This had nothing to do with religious freedom! It had everything to do with the fact that the GOP is against this health care! Glad to see you admit it!!!
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      by Anonymous on Feb 12, 2012 at 03:43 AM in reply to EWO asked
      No the Republicans did not vote for a health insurance in this country,, but all of them pre 2009 knew we needed health care reform . They are hypocrits.
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        by Eyes Wide Open on Feb 12, 2012 at 07:38 AM in reply to
        Health care reform and an entire government takeover of one of the largest and fastest growing industries on the planet are NOT THE SAME!!!
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      by Obama Snake Oil co on Feb 12, 2012 at 05:41 AM in reply to EWO asked
      That would be correct, the Republicans did what we wanted them and voted them in office to do. Remember, we have to vote on it to see what is in it.....look how well that went.
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      by Eyes Wide Open on Feb 12, 2012 at 07:40 AM in reply to EWO asked
      Conservatives are against government intrusion in our lives, not health care!!
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        by To EWO on Feb 14, 2012 at 09:33 AM in reply to Eyes Wide Open
        Conservatives are against the government protecting the weak! They want even more protection for millionares while letting women hang out to dry!
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Feb 14, 2012 at 01:29 PM in reply to To EWO
          There are times I am reminded why the word to describe some posters is libterd. Thanks for reaffiming my belief.
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        by Anonymous on Feb 18, 2012 at 09:44 PM in reply to Eyes Wide Open
        Agreed 1000%
  • by Roe vs Wade Location: ENC on Feb 11, 2012 at 04:11 PM
    Roe vs Wade did not "create" abortions. Abortion existed long before that. The difference was the 1%-white, wealthy women had their "DNC'S" in a clean hospital by "discreet" doctors! It was the other women who died or were mangled in dark, dirty back rooms. Don't think for one minute that repealing it would stop them. The same "privileged" would continue with their hypocritical lives! So, get off your self-righteous soap boxes and quit pointing your fingers!
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      by 2 R-v-W on Feb 12, 2012 at 03:41 AM in reply to Roe vs Wade
      You are so correct.....thousands of yound women got alley and back room abortions in this country before Roe verus Wade.Many were left without being able to bare children, some had severe medical problems and other died from those abortions. It was the young teenage women that paid the price for laws to get changed so the upper crust of society could legaly get done what they had been doing for years.
  • by Protestant Location: ENC on Feb 11, 2012 at 04:06 PM
    I am not a Catholic! I am a Protestant and I resent that these men, who are asking to lead ALL Americans think that defending the Catholic church is the same as defending our government! Our fore fathers came here to escape a government recognized church from telling them what to believe and how to worship. Now, the GOP tells me that my government and my tax money is supposed to support the Pope? Excuse me? In the US alone, the Catholic church spent Billions protecting men who had abused children and they have the nerve to scream about birth control? You people continue to defend them-I won't and I don't want one dime of my tax money going to support their money-making hospital or schools! Non-profit my foot! They are the wealthiest organization in the WORLD!!
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      by Eyes Wide Open on Feb 11, 2012 at 07:28 PM in reply to Protestant
      When did the GOP tell anyone that our government and our tax money is supposed to support the Pope? I missed that memo. We are NOT defending Catholics, we are defending our FREEDOM from government. Our fore fathers where very clear in that they did not want our government to EVER have the power to control our lives. This has nothing to do with birth control, it has everything to do with government control.
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        by To EWO on Feb 11, 2012 at 09:19 PM in reply to Eyes Wide Open
        Huckabee said, "We are all Catholic!" Well, I'm not and I am tired of Gingrich and Santorum trying to make this a Catholic country. For you to say the liberals are anti-birth control and the GOP is for it is the rediculous! This whole thing was about a Democratic president protectint women's right to birth control and the GOP trying to stop it! Have you listened to Santorum? Do you even bother to know what those you claim to support are saying? Probably not, you are just going on hate for Obama-better do some homework!
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          by Obama Snake Oil co on Feb 12, 2012 at 05:43 AM in reply to To EWO
          Hmmm, angry liberals reaching out in the desperate times to defend the worst president in history of this nation. Why you cannot defend, just show anger, we get it.
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          by Eyes Wide Open on Feb 12, 2012 at 07:45 AM in reply to To EWO
          Have you listened to Santorum? Your answer is NO, he has never and I mean NEVER suggested any ban on birth control! He does NOT even talk about birth control until some liberal brings it up. The reason he does not talk about birth control is because it is NOT a real issue.
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Feb 15, 2012 at 06:35 AM in reply to To EWO
          Well, "yes you are" and we are praying for you to get better....
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        by and... on Feb 17, 2012 at 02:05 AM in reply to Eyes Wide Open
        what do you all a guy with a 500 dollar hat? The Pope. what do you call a guy with a tinfoil hat? Another GoP klown. With everyone getting 20% support , looks like another 4 years of Obama.
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Feb 17, 2012 at 08:02 AM in reply to and...
          I hope you mother doesn't find out you have been posting from her computer...thinkin time out time...
  • by To Women Location: enc on Feb 11, 2012 at 09:09 AM
    Read these posts carefully. Every right-winger here is in favor of eliminating birth control! They have no problem with your tax money paying for Viagra! Talk about "baby daddies"! They make em, force you to have em, but dessert you after they are born!
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      by Eyes Wide Open on Feb 11, 2012 at 04:39 PM in reply to To Women
      That is the most ignorant thing I have ever read. The only people screaming about the elimination of birth control are the LIBERALS who cry wolf everytime they do something stupid because they need to change the topic of issues immediately in order to take the focus off themselves. No one cares if a woman uses birth control or not, the issue here is a deliberate attack on our freedom!!! For someone as ignorant as you I would be more than happy to personally pay for a life time supply of birth control and do our society a favor.
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Feb 12, 2012 at 05:45 AM in reply to Eyes Wide Open
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        by To EWO on Feb 13, 2012 at 06:35 AM in reply to Eyes Wide Open
        You need to go back and look at the referendum voted on in Mississippi this year. There are two more such bills being proposed in Republican states as we write. These are ALL Republican bills that would make the "pill" illegal! Quit lying!

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