The White House is Under Pressure, May Make A Statement Today UPDATED

That is the latest scoop, from  ABC News this morning.

Feb 10, 2012 7:04am

White House to Announce ‘Accommodation’ for Religious Organizations on Contraception Rule

With the White House under fire for its new rule requiring employers including religious organizations to offer health insurance that fully covers birth control coverage, ABC News has learned that later today the White House — possibly President Obama himself — will likely announce an attempt to accommodate these religious groups.

The move, based on state models, will almost certainly not satisfy bishops and other religious leaders since it will preserve the goal of women employees having their birth control fully covered by health insurance.
Sources say it will be respectful of religious beliefs but will not back off from that goal, which many religious leaders oppose since birth control is in violation of their religious beliefs.

White House officials have discussed the state law in Hawaii, where religious groups are allowed to opt out of coverage that includes birth control, as long as employees are given information whether such coverage can be obtained. But this accommodation would not go that far.

This announcement would not go that far. Sources say it will involve health insurance companies helping to provide the coverage, since it’s actually cheaper for these companies to offer the coverage than to not do so, because of unwanted pregnancies and resulting complications.

-Jake Tapper

It should be interesting, but I keep thinking of Lucy and the football, don’t you? And how about the “forced speech” provision forcing the Church to tell employees where they can go and get contraceptives? Perhaps the Church will also be forced to tell folks other obvious stuff, like where to pick up pornography. Hint…right next to the beer and corn chips.

News flash: Like Mark Shea says here,

Contraceptives are cheap as dirt and common as water. Let those who want them get them themselves and not gratuitously force those who think them immoral to pay for them.

What he said!

Hey, how about a song? Play it fellers,

Related:

The Weekly Standard
The Atlantic: The mandate isn’t just about the bishops.
Jack Kass, Chicago Tribune: How can you be from Chicago and not know Catholics?

  • Lar

    It’s a mistake to focus solely on religious organizations. This is about the rights of citizens. If hospitals get a pass but employers and taxpayers do not we’ve lost.

    • Frank Weathers

      Stay on target! ===>> The Constitution.


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