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Catholic hospitals accept birth control compromise
Yahoo / AP ^ | 7/9/2013 | Rachel Zoll

Posted on 07/09/2013 3:02:40 PM PDT by Alex Murphy

NEW YORK (AP) -- In a split with U.S. bishops, a trade group for Catholic hospitals said Tuesday it can accept the Obama's administration latest compromise on birth control coverage by religious employers.

"We are pleased that our members now have an accommodation that will not require them to contract, provide, pay or refer for contraceptive coverage," said the Catholic Health Association.

Under President Barack Obama's health care law, most employers are required to cover birth control as a free preventive service for women workers. Churches and other houses of worship are fully exempt from the mandate. But religiously-affiliated hospitals, universities and social service groups are not.

The compromise, in a final regulation from the administration, attempts to create a buffer for these employers. It requires insurers or the health plan's outside administrator to pay for birth control coverage, and creates a mechanism for reimbursing them.

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The latest version of the regulation attempts to create a buffer between the faith-affiliated charities and contraceptive coverage by requiring insurers or another third-party to provide contraceptive coverage instead of the religious employer.

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the bishops' conference, said in a statement last week that the bishops were still studying the regulation, adding that it does not appear to address all their concerns about religious freedom. The bishops have also sought a religious exemption for owners of for-profit businesses.

The National Association of Evangelicals, which represents Protestant churches across the country, announced Monday it also rejects the compromise.

The Catholic Church prohibits the use of artificial contraception. Evangelicals generally accept the use of birth control, but some object to specific methods such as the morning-after contraceptive pill, which they argue is tantamount to abortion, and is covered under the policy.

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TOPICS: Catholic; Ministry/Outreach; Moral Issues; Religion & Politics
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In a split with U.S. bishops, a trade group for Catholic hospitals said Tuesday it can accept the Obama's administration latest compromise on birth control coverage by religious employers. "We are pleased that our members now have an accommodation that will not require them to contract, provide, pay or refer for contraceptive coverage," said the Catholic Health Association....

....The latest version of the regulation attempts to create a buffer between the faith-affiliated charities and contraceptive coverage by requiring insurers or another third-party to provide contraceptive coverage instead of the religious employer. New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the bishops' conference, said in a statement last week that the bishops were still studying the regulation, adding that it does not appear to address all their concerns about religious freedom. The bishops have also sought a religious exemption for owners of for-profit businesses. The National Association of Evangelicals, which represents Protestant churches across the country, announced Monday it also rejects the compromise. The Catholic Church prohibits the use of artificial contraception. Evangelicals generally accept the use of birth control, but some object to specific methods such as the morning-after contraceptive pill, which they argue is tantamount to abortion, and is covered under the policy.

1 posted on 07/09/2013 3:02:40 PM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: Alex Murphy

Ugh. Agreeing to a requirement that they pay for it, as long as it isn’t named in their side of the paperwork.

I don’t share the Catholic Churches specific beliefs on contraception, among other things...but this attempt to steamroll the religious freedoms disgusts me. ...and to the extent the church discards their rights, not to discussion or legitimate persuasion but rather to coercion is troubling as well.


2 posted on 07/09/2013 3:10:39 PM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: Alex Murphy

I’m sure God will be fooled by this... NOT!


3 posted on 07/09/2013 3:23:44 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: Alex Murphy

It’s not a “compromise.” It’s a shell game.

The bishops had better not accept this.


4 posted on 07/09/2013 3:37:00 PM PDT by BlessedBeGod
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To: Alex Murphy

Obama is an evil man. What he has done, he will pay for in some way. In his arrogance he has thumbed his nose at all religious people. Let’s hope they remember next time they vote.


5 posted on 07/09/2013 4:02:36 PM PDT by maxwellsmart_agent
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To: Alex Murphy

Divide and conquer. It always works.


6 posted on 07/09/2013 4:33:27 PM PDT by karnage
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To: BlessedBeGod
Way too many US Catholic bishops will be fine with this. No problem.
7 posted on 07/09/2013 4:47:56 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Alex Murphy

The only thing compromised is the Catholic dogma and trust.

Say, exactly what did the Church get in return for selling out their ethics and teachings?


8 posted on 07/09/2013 5:03:54 PM PDT by i_robot73 (We hold that all individuals have the Right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives - LP.org)
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To: Alex Murphy

The Catholic church is the Titanic and there are those in it in denial, who keep playing the music while the ship is sinking.


9 posted on 07/09/2013 7:03:11 PM PDT by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: i_robot73; metmom; Alex Murphy
Say, exactly what did the Church get in return for selling out their ethics and teachings?


10 posted on 07/09/2013 7:29:16 PM PDT by Gamecock ("Ultimately, Jesus died to save us from the wrath of God." ¬óR.C. Sproul)
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To: Gamecock

LOL


11 posted on 07/10/2013 5:09:25 AM PDT by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: metmom

Pretty funny claim to make, considering the speed with which Protestantism is collapsing before the cultural onslaught.


12 posted on 07/10/2013 6:06:18 AM PDT by Campion ("Social justice" begins in the womb)
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