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ACLU fears Obama will 'backtrack' on mandatory contraception, sterilization coverage

November 23, 2011

The policy counsel of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington legislative office is expressing concern that President Barack Obama will grant a wider religious exemption to a mandate that would require all private insurers to provide coverage for birth control and sterilization.

The bishops are “waging a campaign to make Swiss cheese out of the guidelines by creating a loophole for all sorts of religiously affiliated organizations that would deny employees comprehensive insurance coverage that includes birth control,” writes Sarah Lipton-Lubet. “If you read the paper, and you’re among the 99% of sexually active women who have used contraception, you might start to worry … whether the administration is going to ‘cave’ to the bishops’ parochial demands.”


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  • Posted by: Gaby - Nov. 23, 2011 8:05 PM ET USA

    If Obama did back down, that would only maintain the status quo. I don't think the "99% of sexually active women who have used contraception" have any need to worry. They always had ready access to contraception, and they always will, even WITHOUT Catholic institutions providing them.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Nov. 23, 2011 12:50 PM ET USA

    I doubt that they have anything to worry about.