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The White House has been defending itself from religious groups who consider Obama’s new birth control provisions a threat to religious liberty.

Currently, only houses of worship are exempt from providing contraception as part of insured prescription plans, and this has been the case since 2000. Obama’s new plan, introduced last month, sought to mandate that all employers, in spite of religious affiliation, must fully cover birth control as part of their health plans. The Catholic Church called this decision an “attack” on its values, arguing that even the process of referring employees to contraceptive services is a violation of its beliefs. Today, the White House issued a compromise ensuring that women will continue to have access to the much-needed preventative care.

From The White House:

Under the new policy to be announced today, women will have free preventive care that includes contraceptive services no matter where she works.  The policy also ensures that if a woman works for religious employers with objections to providing contraceptive services as part of its health plan, the religious employer will not be required to provide contraception coverage, but her insurance company will be required to offer contraceptive care free of charge.

The new policy ensures women can get contraception without paying a co-pay and addresses important concerns raised by religious groups by ensuring that objecting religious employers will not have to provide contraceptive coverage or refer women to organizations that provide contraception.

Although studies show that 99% of women and 98% of Catholic women who have ever been sexually active have used some form of birth control, pundits say that the Catholic Church is likely to continue its objection to the new policy. The religious group argues that conscientious objection should not only be the right of faith-driven organizations such as itself, but should also be the right of any employer that chooses not to support a woman’s right to contraception. However, these arguments are incompatible with the reality that preventative care such as birth control is always less expensive than the insured alternatives of sterilization and unintended pregnancies.

For now, any ultimate conscientious objection to birth control rests where it should: with the individual.

 

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  • Tumaini

    The stance of the Catholic Church in regards to birth control and abortion is so contradictory. You would think they would support the use of contraceptive methods as a means of reducing abortion rates. I just don’t get it…

    • Natalie

      RIGHT!!!!!

    • Xta

      I don’t agree with the Catholic Church’s stand on birth control. However, they do believe that sex is meant for procreation and it is a sin to physically put a barrier between the chance at life. Therefore, the Catholic Church only promotes abstinence for unmarried couples and family planning for married couples. It is not a contradictory stance for them to be against birth control and abortion. If you are more interested in at least understanding the Catholic Church’s stand on all means of birth control besides family planning I encourage you to read this article: http://www.catholic.com/tracts/birth-control

      Personally, I am for birth control and I am happy that birth control will be available to everyone woman who needs it.

    • Tumaini

      @Xta – your post helps me understand that the Church’s stance on contraception is even more illogical than I had previously thought. So basically natural family planning methods (monitoring your cycle etc.) are ok even though this also prevents “the chance at life”, but using a condom or birth control pill to pursue the SAME objective is all of a sudden a sin. It does not make sense. As others have commented here, the Church’s time and resources might be better spent advocating against actual injustices/ sinful actions (such as better protecting the fruits of procreation – innocent children – from sexual abuse by leaders in their own institution)

  • pink

    The church needs to stay out of people’s bedrooms. Not everyone (even those in the church) subscribe to their doctrine. Besides….. the catholic churches’ time would be better spent keeping an eye on all the child molesting priests in their ranks. Bunch of hypocrites

    • Vee

      I agree Pink. For those like me who want the BCP it is our right. The Catholic church does not speak for Vee.

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  • CaramelBeauty

    I think it is great that birth control is covered and free for women since it is obvious that men choose NOT to be responsible!!!!!!

    Oh, and the Catholic church needs to shut up because it is obvious that they care nothing about children!!!! All the molestation that went on in their parishes and none of the priests were ever arrested!!! That is a horror worst than anything in this world!!!!!!! So I could care less about what they think, they clearly hate children, they don’t mind killing their souls!!!!!!

  • NIECA

    What about Vasictomies? Is that not a form of birth control. Yet, nothing is being said about that. Typical males. I think that is paid for by most health providers. Everyone has free will. If you are Catholic and you want to use your policy to pay for birth control, so be it. It is up to you. God gave us a brain – use it. That to was a gift!