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. fernace

    Yes banasy, the women bashing goes back to Eve! In the early RCC women were thaught that as direct decendants of Eve they were sinful & directly responsible for "mans" fall from grace & being cast out of Eden! This is the religion that calls itself the 1 True Church Decreed by God "Himself"! Women have low consideration by this religion & this "battle" over contraceptives proves my point! They want to continue hiding behind "religious freedom" in order to subjugate womankind, as it has since the middleages! It is curious that mens want for Viagara is covered (&has been for years by ins. co.s who don't cover womens need for affordable birthcontrol), & so far I have not heard the Catholic Church have an opinion, 1 way or the other about IVF, ie. conception in a petrie dish! All this is allowed, but women better not stop any conception from taking place! This decree reminds me of "Don't ask, don't tell"! It's a measure to placate religious businesses, while making sure women get the coverage they need & deserve!

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

    Frodo: I can't do this, Sam.

    Sam: I know. It's all wrong. By rights we shouldn't even be here. But we are. It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn't want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it's only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn't. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.

    Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?

    Sam: That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo... and it's worth fighting for.

    February 10, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. gene1o

    Obama won't take them if the pope doesn't.

    February 11, 2012 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Simple fix, let the church go ahead with their plan to not provide coverage for birth control, but mandate that in the event their parishioners need welfare because of unwanted children it be funded by the church. Oh and orphanages too!

    February 11, 2012 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jj

    Gosh dangit. Why can't he make a wrong move? Oh wait he did by sticking his fingèr out in the wind. And don't say it's compromising. It's called election time.

    February 11, 2012 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    @ chrissy, 1:18 AM:
    You went right to the bottom of it. Thank you.
    Your elegant solution would never happen in real life, but maybe we could make some old-fashioned lire from collaborating on a film set in Rome and Washington.

    February 11, 2012 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. EASY Solution

    Get rid of Obama.Remove the problem. 10 month before the pain in the rear is gone.

    February 11, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    It doesn't even matter what President Obama has to say on Catholic issues. They will do whatever they want no matter what Obama, the pope, or the bible has to say about it. It didn't matter what Adolph Hitler said. Catholicss did whatever they wanted back then too. Most wanted naziism, and that's what they got. Most want abortion and gay marriage rights, and so they took them no matter the law, official church policy, or the bible.

    February 11, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dott

    The Catholic church is losing members daily and they want each member still faithful to continue to pro-create so the they will become good Catholics as well. Or could it be they want more youngsters for the priest to violate? There is no other reason for this ignorant rule. We are long past the day and age that we needed more children to work on the farm. It is a new day and age – accept it or even more members will wake up. I did!

    February 11, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dott

    Something else – it does not matter how much sin you do all you have to do is confess and the priest tells you to say 10 hail Mary's and go sin no more. So sining is no problem in this faith.

    February 11, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy ©

    Unfortunately, they have all of that in the RCChurch; orphanges and more. It is like all other religions; once the kid is born, no-one gives a hoot. I can't think of a more corrupt church than the RCC, unless it is all of the other ones too; for every faith is corrupt. Every single one perverts what was intended to be a guideline.
    Create your own chruch, like Henry VIII did; or like all of the cult leaders do even today.
    And, Dott, the same can be said about other organized religion today; it is said that one could ra pe and pillage as much as they like during their lifetime, but hey, ask for forgiveness from Jesus on your deathbed, and you'll get in Heaven?
    I don't
    think it quite works that way.
    Well, I got off on quite a tangent; bottom line is that church and state needs to be separated, especially when it comes to women and their reproductive rights.

    February 11, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy ©

    Any and every organization is not exempt from corruption; being organized in the first place makes it easy to invite corruption in...think of just about any organization and one will find a corrupt person in the mix somewhere.
    Religion is no different, but it IS a tad bit more hypocritical...

    February 11, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy ©

    Philip, if am reading this correctly, are you blaming the RCC for everything that is wrong with the USA today?
    If anyone has a right to despise the RCC, it is you, but really?
    Everyone knows it's the Freemasons, anyway.
    That, or the Illuminati... 🙂

    February 11, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kathy

    Organized religion will inevitably be done away with.Giving way to a more luciferianism type "religiously engineered" cult like practice. Kinda like a systematic creation of a new religion where you are your OWN God.

    February 11, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kathy

    @ banasy, The Illuminati are the Freemasons.

    February 11, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
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