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'Compromise' coming on mandate?

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Feb 10, 2012

Informed sources in Washington report that the Obama administration will issue a statement about the contraceptive mandate this morning. Presumably this will be a response to the outcry led by the American Catholic bishops. 

Having staked out an extreme position, and prompted the Catholic hierarchy to draw a line in the sand, President Obama is now in a difficult position. If he backs down, his own most enthusiastic supporters will be outraged. If he doesn't back down, he has a major fight on his hands, risking an important bloc of voters during an election year.

What will he do? We don't know. Stay tuned for updates if/as the "compromise" is proposed. 

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  • Posted by: Michael Burton - Feb. 10, 2012 3:10 PM ET USA

    There is already precedent set for allowing the Government to step on religious rights. Banning Mormon polygamy and blocking parental rights of Christian Scientists are a couple examples that come to mind. It's all a big slippery slope...

  • Posted by: ScottSenffner - Feb. 10, 2012 11:04 AM ET USA

    It does not matter what the administration does, they have to REPEAL the mandate, totally. This mandate is against Religious Freedom.

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