Catholic Bishops on New Contraception Deal: Still No
But they take a more moderate tone on proffered compromise
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 8, 2013 6:55 AM CST
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, left, speaks with Hartford Archbishop Daniel Cronin Wednesday, June 13, 2012.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)

(Newser) – With Catholic bishops opposed to an ObamaCare mandate on contraception, the White House recently moved to change the rule—but the new package hasn't satisfied the religious leaders, the New York Times reports. The deal would allow women employed by a religiously-affiliated employer, such as a Catholic hospital, to get free contraception under a separate insurance policy paid for by their insurance provider. Among bishops' concerns: The compromise doesn't apply to a wide enough arena of religious employers, they said yesterday after six days spent studying the proposal.

The bishops noted that it still doesn't accommodate secular businesses whose owners hold religious objections to contraception; the rule also seems to "require all employees ... to have the illicit coverage—they may not opt out," Cardinal Timothy Dolan said, per NPR. Still, the bishops' response was more "moderate and measured" this time around, the Times notes.

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YourBabysitter
Feb 10, 2013 10:13 AM CST
I hate the catholic cult. Of course they don't want contraception.... they want us to have more children, or as the cult calls them "BAIT". This catholic cult must go !!!
EyesWideOpen
Feb 9, 2013 1:14 PM CST
"The deal would allow women employed by a religiously-affiliated employer . . . to get free contraception under a separate insurance policy paid for by their insurance provider." Uh, nothing's "free." The insurance companies are going to pay for this separate policy out of the goodness of their hearts? They'll pass along the cost in the form of higher premiums. Sounds like a shell game to me.
right2dave
Feb 9, 2013 4:56 AM CST
Since they don't have sex why does any care what they think?