Obama administration asks for delay in legal fight over contraception
February 17th, 2012
05:25 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama administration asks for delay in legal fight over contraception

Washington (CNN) - An ongoing political dispute over the Obama administration's new mandate on contraceptive coverage has reached the federal courts, with the Justice Department on Friday urging judges to stay out of the controversy until a compromise can be worked out.

At issue is whether religious institutions should be exempt from mandated employee coverage for birth control and other reproductive care. A North Carolina college has sued, saying it should not be obligated to provide such services in violation of its religious beliefs.

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  1. DENNA

    So a court that is overwhelmingly male may decide this issue? Cute, very cute. Let's hope they decided that like corporations women are people. Guys, we can make our own decisions. Let women who don't believe in birth control reproduce to their heart's content. Just leave the rest of us alone to decide how many more children to add to this crowded planet.

    February 17, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. Canuck

    Curious that the rest of the developed world sorted this out decades ago.... how about those jobs?

    February 17, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  3. Mikey

    A few facts:
    Similar mandates are required by law in 28 states, including California, New York, Iowa, Arkansas, and Georgia.
    Has this been a big issue up to this point?
    Mitt Romney supported the same mandate.
    Mike Huckabee, who is now railing against this, signed the Arkansas mandate into law.

    This is an issue manufactured by the right to try to stir up Catholic and other Christian Conservative voters. They know they are in troupble in November, especially with an improving economy. This is about politics, not freedom of religion.

    February 17, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  4. Donkey Party

    Thanks Mikey. Cut and paste that into every comment section of every thread of this nonsense topic.

    February 17, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  5. DENNA

    Rick and the rest of you rethugs: President Obama does not care what religion you practice. His focus is to keep women from losing their right to decide to have children – or not. Maybe insurance companies should not cover Viagra either. Now that would be fair.

    February 17, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  6. bob

    As long as your church accepts federal money, you must comply with federal laws. If you don't want to follow the rules, don't accept tax payer money. Simple as that.

    February 17, 2012 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Right on, Mikey.

    February 17, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  8. Willie Floyd

    If we don't clear congress of these right wing extremists this will be what we have to look forward to as they continue to obstruct everything the president attempts. All the Dems. need to be on the phone to Boehner as well as your reps. in both houses. If I hear Boehner say "the American people want-" again, I'll scream, he certainly doesn't speak for me.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    February 17, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  9. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    There's nothing to fight about.
    Contraception is used by 100% of females (with a +/- 2% margin).
    It should be covered by insurance. No exceptions.

    What's to fight about?

    February 17, 2012 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  10. Benjamin Franklin

    Wouldn't you know it would be some 5th tier über jesus college suing.
    Another one degree, divinity, pretend college.

    February 17, 2012 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  11. Name Stephanie from Pittsburgh

    This is definitely political Republicans cannot think of anything else to complain about because the economy is improving and a little faster than expected. How about using all that energy and come up with a jobs plan.

    February 17, 2012 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  12. wgf

    In Catholic churches Catholics assemble for the purpose of practicing their religion. In Catholic Hospitals people of all denomintations, and no denominations, assemble for the purpose of practicing and receiving medicine. A Catholic Hospital is not a religous organization. If the Catholic church were to buy the New York Yankees tomorrow, it would not make the New York Yankees a religous organization.

    Furthermore, no one's religous rights have been trampled on by the contraceptive mandate. A hospital is not a person, and does not have the rights of a person.

    If you don't like the Obama mandate on contraceptives, that's fine. But be honest about it. Stop hiding behind this facade of religous protection.

    February 18, 2012 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  13. GI Joe.

    It's another attack on women's rights. The old farts want to "put them in ther place". Well, I suggest we get rid of the old men that just want to control women.

    February 18, 2012 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  14. diridi

    Just ignore these contraceptive idiotic things...go on. Obama2012.
    PS: All church idiots are using these. No matter what they speak.

    February 18, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |