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POSTED: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - 6:15pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - 6:28pm

It’s a fight the administration didn’t have to have, but now it’s too late.
The new health care reform law lays out standards for insurance coverage that include offering birth control.
That’s apparently not a big issue, unless you are a Catholic organization.
The White House would obviously like this one to go away, but it isn’t.
The health care mandate requiring access to birth control provides an exemption for churches themselves, but not for church affiliated organizations, like hospitals, schools and charities.
Catholic doctrine prohibits the use of artificial birth control, and the church contends providing it for even non-catholic employees is a violation of the first amendment.
The Administration says, it’s unfair to employees of other faiths who simply work for a church-affiliated organization, and that 28 states have this mandate in place now, including Massachusetts.
But the Conference of Bishops says it’s a matter of the First Amendment and religious freedom.
Ironically, the Conference were big supporters of health care reform.
That is, until now.


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Why does Catholic doctrine have to impact those who do not want others to dictate reproductive health care, which is a private matter anyway...someone of faith, of conscience, does not have to avail herself of contraception, if that is against her religious beliefs, but the fact is that a very high percentage of Catholic women of child-bearing age DO us contraception...that little secret the Catholic heirarchy doesn't "get"! With relgious zeal, MEN dictate (while women take birth control!).

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