Obama announces contraception compromise
February 10th, 2012
12:23 PM ET

Obama announces contraception compromise

[Updated at 12:23 p.m. ET] President Barack Obama announced a compromise Friday in the dispute over whether to require full contraception insurance coverage for female employees at religiously affiliated institutions.

Under the new plan, religiously affiliated universities and hospitals will not be forced to offer contraception coverage to their employees. Insurers will be required, however, to offer complete coverage free of charge to any women who work at such institutions.

Female employees at churches themselves will have no guarantee of any contraception coverage - a continuation of current law.

There will be a one-year transition period for religious organizations after the policy formally takes effect on August 1.

"No woman's health should depend on who she is or where she works or how much money she makes." Obama said at the White House. But "the principle of religious liberty" is also at stake. "As a citizen and as a Christian, I cherish this right."

[Updated at 10:11 a.m. ET] The Obama administration's contraception compromise will expand the religious exemption for religiously affiliated universities and hospitals, a source tells CNN Friday. Individuals will be able to get contraceptive coverage directly from insurers.

[Initial post, 8:30 a.m. ET] The White House probably will announce a compromise Friday on a controversial rule requiring religiously affiliated employers to provide full contraception coverage to women, an administration source said.

News of the possible compromise comes after days of escalating partisan and ideological rhetoric over the pending rule, which many Catholic leaders and other religious groups oppose.

As currently written, the rule would exempt churches, but hospitals and schools with religious affiliations would have to comply. The new policy is set to go into effect on August 1, though religious groups would have a yearlong extension to implement the rule.

The administration has been examining laws in 28 states that have similar coverage requirements, senior administration sources said this week. Two sources have told CNN that the administration is particularly interested in the Hawaii model, in which female employees of religious institutions can purchase contraceptive coverage directly from the insurer at the same price offered to employees of all other employers.

Another possible solution, one source has said, would be legislation allowing women employed by religiously affiliated employers to get contraceptive insurance from the exchanges created under Obama's sweeping health care reform rather than from their employer's insurer.

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  1. There is no God in Government

    God has no business anywhere. Outlaw organized religion before more victims die in the name of God.

    February 10, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      To do that, God has to be outlawed to...
      One would have to outlaw the holy books that they get their interpretations from...and I don't see that happening.

      February 10, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. There is no government by Pope

    Catholic women are going to do whatever they want no matter what the pope or the bible says. It's always been that way. Guess who invented modern-day contraceptives? That's right. A Catholic nun on vacation in egypt found the ancients used crocodile dung for b/c. So she mixed-up a batch and brought it back to germany where the younger sisters were all having babies fathered ny the holy father priest. For every Catholic woman who resisted Hitler there were 10 thousand that went along with him. It's just the way they are. Nothing can change how they view themselves.

    February 10, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Are you seriously hating on the Catholic WOMEN now?

      February 10, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Does the word misogynist mean anything?
      Oh, you also invoked Godwin's Law, too...

      February 10, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. There is no government by Pope

    We already saw how they went about outlawing Jesus. It wasn't that difficult for them to do, nor is it difficult for them to do it again. Make no mistake abou These so-called "christian" religions rich in their luxuriant dung will be exposed by various governments worldwide. Xposed as fomenters of war, exposed as those harboring child abusers, exposed as rch though claiming non-profit tax exempt status. Exposed as leeches on our society.

    February 10, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sister Mary Elephant

    Outlaw one scatological religion, outlaw them all.
    Because most of them are full of scat anyway...
    Fun Fact:
    Catholics use the SAME Bible as every other christian faction.

    February 10, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Class...Class...mmmm.... (class starts chattering louder and louder)
      Class...Class... CLASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

      He He, I heard this on an old albam I had, can't remember what it was... But...oh wait I think it was a George Carlin Record.
      LMAO Gotta love George 🙂

      February 10, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    Looming third war, deficit, economy, military spending, jobs, crumbling infrastructure, education ( US sadly lagging way behind in science & maths grads), poverty ( a shameful 140 m), health care – list of critical issues goes on. These seem to be overshadowed by social issues like abortion, contraceptives, gay rights and such.

    Great way to for this nation to retain its slipping world leadership.

    February 10, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      sawhat, it is an election year, does one really expect the issues you profiled above to be addressed?
      The hot-button issues have always been abortion, contraceptives, and gay rights...therefore this is what people will focus on to get their votes...we are well-used to this now, are we not?

      February 10, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mistake

    More dicktations from the gov why cant insurance companys just cover it? Its bs that people have to be shorted in there lives because insurance companys dont care

    February 10, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. red1

    Yes bansey. I tell my grandaughter it is wrong to be concerned what people are doing in private..that is why we have doors. But if everyone cares about bedroom activities, well when I enter a room I want to say "Hi my name is Jane and Iam an asexual woman with limited tingling body parts!". Do we really need to be identified by our sexuality? The nerve of people to think they are invested in others sexuality! PERVERTS!

    February 10, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    @ There is no government by Pope:
    Would you be kind enough to elaborate on that crocodile-dung method of birth control?
    Did the young German nuns take in orally, or apply it topically? Was it used daily, or was it a before or after (romance) medication? Perhaps it was used after delivery, but your interesting post was not specific.
    I have a very literate friend who is particularly fascinated by the history of pharmaceutical production, distribution, and consumption in Germany, especially during the period you mentioned.

    February 10, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    @Joey. Hi there. No specific time period was mentioned. (I did make mention of how the vast majority of cathokics sised with Hitler rather than joining their catholic friiends resisting nazis., but that was just establishing the fact that no matter what the pope or the bible says, cathokics will do whatever they want, and then claim it as a God given right later on) The Egytian crocodile dung was used as a vaginal creme. Acid in the dung kills sperm. Of course the nun made it smell nice nefore she tried iit on the girls. Even a catholic nun knows birth control does nothing for boys humped by the gay priest. Imagine how many butt babies we would have if it were at all possible)

    February 10, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Philip

    @Joey...no mention was made of a time period as far as the development of b/c goes. Ancient Egyptians used the acid found in crocodile dung to kill sperm, a catholic nun copied it and used it to try and keep the little sisters from getting impregnated by the priest and his associates. Ancient Egyptians also made condoms. But she knew better than to ask father priest to wear one. Plus they don't work for boy humping priests anyway. Only nature stops butt babies from developing in the anus.

    February 10, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    ...I mentioned the WWII time period to illustrate how catholics will do whatever they want no matter what the ope or the bible says. Catholics could have joined other christians resisting Hitler, and a few did. But by and large, both the Catholic Church and the vast majority of it's members sided with Hitler in Germany, Poland, France, etc. Modern use of ancient Egytpian crocodile dung for b/c predates WWII by a couple of centuries. Back before the boy humpers took over from the girl humpers.

    February 10, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    It was used by the girls as a creme, Joey. Acid kills sperm. Ancient Egyptians also developed condoms, but even a nun knows better than to ask a priest to wear one, even if it's just for a girl.

    February 10, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    Well, Philip, I just wanted you to know that I recognized you. I hope that you are well, and I always enjoy reading your returned punches at Remembrances of Priests Past.

    February 10, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Hi, JIF:
      To me, it illustrates that the Catholic women are not the blind sheep that the Catholic men would like them to be.
      That they have enough common sense to know that a man's dictatorial aspect on their bodies is wrong, and if they had to hide the way they got around it, they were smart enough to know it was because a man, and not God, who issued that edict.
      That the RCC is full of hypocrisy goes without saying; making women out to be the cause of all evil is a trait of that brainwashing.
      Catholic women are not evil, and never have been.
      It also says something about the way we look at social-theocratic s ex, from the famous man butt humping Ancient Greeks right up to today.
      Women-bashing is a common trait of the teachings of former Roman Catholics, when it is the tainted teaching, and not the women, that is at fault
      I see it as women finally waking up.

      February 10, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Hi, JIF:
      To me, it illustrates that the Catholic women are not the blind sheep that the Catholic men would like them to be.
      That they have enough common sense to know that a man's dictatorial aspect on their bodies is wrong, and if they had to hide the way they got around it, they were smart enough to know it was because a man, and not God, who issued that edict.
      That the RCC is full of hypocrisy goes without saying; making women out to be the cause of all evil is a trait of that brainwashing.
      Catholic women are not evil, and never have been.
      It also says something about the way we look at socio – theocratic sax, from the famous man on man in Ancient Greece right up to today.
      Women bashing is a common trait of the teachings of former Roman Catholics, when it is the skewed teaching, and not the women, that is at fault
      I see it as women finally waking up.

      February 10, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Why, why, WHY does it do this?

      February 10, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy ©

    Hello, JIF:
    I think it just illustrates that Catholic women not sheep, who blindly follow whoever it it holding the stupid "law" of the day. I think it shows exactly what most women are: free willed women who do not listen to mysogynistic men who would try and dictate what a woman should and should not do. It also transcends the RC faith into every aspect of social-theocratic world, from the famous butt-humping Ancient Greeks right up to today.

    February 10, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    @banasy

    you are right. Election year and all. Thanks

    February 10, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
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