NY Archdiocese Covers Workers' Birth Control
...Despite Cardinal Timothy Dolan's fight against Obama rule
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 27, 2013 10:23 AM CDT
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Catholic archbishop for New York, gives a blessing in New York, Wednesday, May 8, 2013.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(Newser) – The country's top Catholic bishop hasn't taken kindly to ObamaCare's call for employers to fund birth control—but his own archdiocese has been paying for the coverage for years, the New York Times reports. For more than a decade, the Archdiocese of New York, headed by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, has indirectly paid for union-driven health coverage that includes both birth control and abortion for some 3,000 of its health workers. But "we provide the services under protest," says a rep for the archdiocese.

The coverage is tied to ArchCare workers' membership in 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. The employees' health benefits match those at more than 100 other New York-area hospitals, the Times notes, and ArchCare doesn't pay for the plan directly; instead, it contributes to a union fund that covers the benefits. When the archdiocese began paying for the coverage, there was some concern, says the head of a health employers' group. But Dolan finally decided "there was no other option if the Catholic Church was to continue to provide health care to these union-affiliated employees in the city of New York," says the archdiocese rep.

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Jun 3, 2013 5:12 AM CDT
The Catholic church only does good "under protest". So much of what the Catholic hierarchy does is only done once its obvious that its the right thing to do. One day you'll allow a woman's life to be saved by doctors in poor countries, too, instead of condemning her to "holy" neglect. One day you'll allow doctors to do their duty without interference from old men in skirts who know not what they do.
May 29, 2013 10:17 AM CDT
There are rule to doing business in the US...and NY state....all sorts of rules and laws to protect the workers. I have no problem holding religious groups to the same rules as all other employers when they are employing people. Now if someone was against employing women in his business because of his religion...it wouldn't be tolerated..play by the rules of the state if you are doing business in the state...simple....keep your religion to yourself....
May 28, 2013 7:04 AM CDT
New York is the oddball for most anything