Most Americans oppose forced contraceptive coverage
CWN - March 13, 2012
A solid majority of Americans believe that religious institutions should have the right to exclude contraceptive coverage from their health-care plans, according to a new CBS/New York Times poll.
The poll found that 57% of respondents side with the Catholic bishops in opposition to the Obama mandate. Only 36% agree with the White House that contraception should be covered in all health-care plans.
In fact, the poll found that 51% of the respondents said that all employers—not only religious institutions—should be free to exclude contraceptive coverage if they have moral objections.
The poll results contrasted sharply with an earlier CBS/New York Times survey, in which 61% of the respondents said they favored a mandate for contraceptive coverage. That earlier poll did not ask questions about employers who had religious objections to the plan.
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Posted by: impossible -
Mar. 16, 2012 12:35 PM ET USA
Unlike the bishops most Americans have the sense to oppose Obamacare in its overreaching entirety.
Posted by: filioque -
Mar. 14, 2012 1:30 AM ET USA
The bishops have made it clear that all employers, religious or not, corporate or individual, have the right not to offer services that violate their consciences.
Posted by: frjpharrington3912 -
Mar. 13, 2012 11:00 PM ET USA
The latest polls, which show that the majority of Americans believe religious affiliated institutions, such as hospitals, schools and universities should be exempt from governmental mandates which would require them to offer insurance coverage for medical services that violate their religious and moral principles, like contraception, is a vote in favor of the Catholic position advocated by the bishops, also supported by other religious denominations. There is nothing so powerful as the truth.
Posted by: ColmCille -
Mar. 13, 2012 5:54 PM ET USA
Exactly, not just religious institutions. The bishops need to be clear that everyone has the right to not provide access to services they consider immoral; Catholic or not, religious institution or not.