(AP) Religious groups object to covering birth control

They defied the bishops to support President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Now Catholic hospitals are dismayed the law may force them to cover birth control free of charge to their employees.

A provision in the law expanded preventive health-care benefits for women, and the administration said last week that must include birth control with no copays. The Catholic Health Association says a proposed conscience exemption is so narrowly written it would apply only to houses of worship. Some other religious-based organizations agree.

“I call this the parish housekeeper exemption – that’s about all it covers,” said Sister Carol Keehan, president of the 600-member umbrella group for Catholic hospitals. “What we are trying to do is make workable the conscience protection the administration says it is willing to give.”

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One comment on “(AP) Religious groups object to covering birth control

  1. BlueOntario says:

    Not too off topic, but the religious exemption is the same with same-sex marraige in New York. Public officials whos’ consciences would prevent them from performing weddings of same-sex couples have the Hobson choice of quiting or doing what they don’t believe is right.
    I think Daniel and some of his co-expats had to deal with similar questions in Babylon.