Friday, February 10, 2012

Gee, it's so nice of you to let me have something I always had in the first place!

Freedom of worship anybody?

Obama announces ‘accommodation’ for religious institutions on contraception.

Amid a backlash from many Catholics and proponents of religious liberty, President Barack Obama announced Friday that his administration will not require religious institutions like hospitals and universities to provide free contraception to their employees in their health insurance.
Speaking to reporters at the White House Friday, Obama offered a compromise that would allow women to obtain free contraception but would require them to obtain it directly from their insurance companies if their employers object to birth control because of religious beliefs.
"Whether you're a teacher or a small businesswoman or a nurse or a janitor, no woman's 's health should depend on who she is, or where she works, or how much money she makes," Obama said, calling free contraceptive care a "core principle" of his health care law, which requires that all preventive services be provided at no cost to patients.
Obama went out of his way to say that he supports freedom of religion, pointing out that one of his stints as a community organizer in Chicago was funded by a Catholic group.
"As a citizen and as a Christian I cherish this right," Obama said. "I saw that local churches did more good for a community than a government program ever could."
Planned Parenthood and the Catholic Health Association each approved of the compromise, which 
he White House is calling an "accommodation," 
YAHOO! News by Holly Bailey and Liz Goodwin contributed reporting.

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