Mixed Catholic reaction to revised White House contraception plan
February 10th, 2012
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Mixed Catholic reaction to revised White House contraception plan

Washington (CNN) – As word trickled out of a White House compromise with Catholic groups on its rule around contraception coverage on Friday morning, administration officials took to the phones to sell the plan to religious leaders across the spectrum.

Catholic officials say President Obama called New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, to explain the revised policy, which exempts religiously affiliated universities and hospitals for paying for no cost contraception for their employees but requires insurers to offer such coverage for for free to women who work at such institutions.

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  1. Anonymous

    Why not a photo of the Pope, CNN? It is he after all who dictates American policy making. From his high perch in Rome no less.

    February 10, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. logicnLA

    If Catholics don't want to use birth control, don't. But our laws should be in the best interest of all americans and not based on the faith of a few.

    February 10, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. WiredweirdinSF

    Is there any doubt in anyones mind that if it had not been an election year Obama would not have backed down? Is there any doubt that there are more of these little jewels hidden in the Obozocare crap that have not yet been discovered and that if he is reelected they won't change? Always remember this is the most incompetent, inept, corrupt, union toady, president we have ever had.

    February 10, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. ....mixed reaction....?

    What is this, are women on the auction-block...? women are in charge of their lives and body...Washington, the church keep out of the Nations bedrooms....!

    February 10, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. Ernie

    The catholics don't want to use birth control cause it is against their beliefs......what about priests abusing little kids? Thats not against their beliefs? Who's screwed up here.

    February 10, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    ArchBishop Timoth Dolan is in New York where there is already a state law requiring that businesses run by the Catholic church provide these types of services in their health plans. There are already 28 states with these laws on the books, plus DC. What is ironic is that most of these arrangments were put in place by Republicans. Now that a Democrat is proposing the same legislation put forth by Republicans, suddenly it is an attack on freedom, blah, blah, blah.

    February 10, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Conservative republicans are a cancer on a woman's uterus. Most of the laws that affect religious organizations were in place long before Obama became president, and long before women's rights became the only issue left for the baggers in 2012.

    February 10, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. insight iowa

    I don't know why everyone is in such a uproar on this issue... 27 States within the United States already have it as law. The GOP will need to do better... which I doubt they can.

    February 10, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  9. Ed 1

    Obama waffles again.

    I don't care who you are the government doesn't have the right to have my tax dollars spent on birth control, illegals, and about a billion other programs we don't need.

    Balance the budget and no tax increases and then you might have the right to suggest programs for my tax dollars until then do away with Obamacare and use that money to help pay down our debt.

    February 10, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  10. Joe

    Are you kidding me?? We really need to update our biblical books

    February 10, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Is there any doubt in anyone's mind that the baggers and teavangelicals are the most uninformed people who still live in the 1880s? The GOP pubes have only women's birth control as their final issue because our president has gotten us out of the republican near depression, gave hope for health care for 50 million uninsured people, created over 3 million jobs in 23 consecutive months of economic growth, brought our troops home from Iraq, saved the auto industry, upheld the constitution rights of all people, enacted a stimulus that turned our country around from the Bush mess, (republicans that fought against it were quick to take credit for the stimulus jobs), and all this without one single republican vote.

    February 10, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. Len

    I am a Catholic.....the Catholic Church is living in the 15th Century....98% of Catholics use Birth Control. It is called Family Planning.....
    Do not give in to the GOP. Remember the GOP talking point: "Keep government out of our lives". If they win in 2012, women will not have any rights!

    February 10, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. Steve, New York City

    Amazing how something that (to a large degree) seems to be a medical decision, has been an issue in which politicians feel compelled to interfere – and with religious elements "crossing the line" on our separation of church and state.
    One of the smartest things Bush #43 ever said was that "decent people can disagree" on abortion – and I agree with that.

    However, on that topic, perhaps the Catholic church can spare us its sanctimonious "hot air," and could start acting forcefully to see that its rapist priests are incarcerated for a very long time (and de-frocked).

    February 10, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  14. vic , nashville ,tn

    I am glad Obama did the right thing in the end.
    Republicans are lying about this and few people are beveling that it was total distraction

    February 10, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  15. Newmoon2

    It is appalling we have not progressed to the point where a woman's reproductive rights are no longer in question. This, and many, many other archaic ideas are why I left the Catholic church and why I despise organized religion in general.

    February 10, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    This is where that republican values 'unplanned parenthood program' kicks in.

    February 10, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  17. bill

    uhbama can mandate that we buy insurance, and now Obama can mandate what insurance companies must offer. Glad all you libs love this guy.

    February 10, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  18. Jules

    This isn't just a reproductive issue, but a health issue and it really doesn't matter if the Catholic Church likes it or not. Women have a right to contraceptives and now the Catholic Church doesn't have to pay for it, so this should be it. Anything more says that they do not want women to have the right to purchase and use contreceptive pills or devices and that is way beyond their jurisdiction. The church has a man made rule which was made to propogate their religion and solvency. Time for them to say thank you for the compromise and clean up their own internal messes.

    February 10, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  19. jaywing

    The Catholic Church remains firm in its12th century beliefs, which is why there will be an inevitable split between the North American church body and the rest of the Catholic Church. The majority of North American catholics are enlightened, educated 21st century individuals who do not want old, white, celibate men - some pedophiles, telling them what they can and cannot do in their sexual lives, including birth control. Evenually, the North American Catholics will get fed up with the nonsense, hypocrasy and religious bigotry coming out of the Vatican, and will revolt.

    February 10, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  20. SL

    I always love how people always say dont tell me what to do with my body, it is my choice. So is it? If God created you then it is not your body. So unless you are an atheist you people have no arguement.

    February 10, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  21. Republican who supports President Obama

    Once again our President compromises. I did not see any of the GOP offer a solution or compromise but instead wasted a good opportunity to show they are willing to put the people of the US above partisanship. They spent the last few days crying like immature children where they should have tried to ensure equal coverage. Why should the Catholics get special attention over everyone else?

    What did we see instead? Our President came up with a solution that the Catholics should now accept – apologize for the hoopla – and now move on. Issue closed.

    I can't wait to cast my vote in November. I will vote for the people on the ballot who are ACTUALLY doing something rather than whining and crying.

    February 10, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. The 1% Doubt it...

    As a Catholic woman who for the past 30 yrs has been able to survive without birth control while maintaining excellent health, and having friends just like me, I must say that if the 99% claim is true, I know all the names of the 1% AND we don't have a problem because all the American women who want contraception already have it.

    This is about religious freedom and the OA will say anything to convince its kool-aid drinkers it's not.

    February 10, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  23. SL

    I am Catholic also, and dont agree that the church is the 1500's. I do think a return to the 1950's wouldnt be bad though. There are still parishes that are faithfull also. Not every Catholic is like Nancy Pelosi.

    February 10, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  24. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    bill – You are not to familiar with federal laws are you? Federal laws were in place long before our president was elected. Even the minimum wage applies to church organizations, but not churches. People who may not be catholic could work for catholic organizations and are guaranteed all right under work related laws.

    February 10, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  25. Duck Fallas

    In a show of good faith, the Catholic clergy announced a reversal on their boy raping policy.

    February 10, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
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