White House offers an olive branch to Catholic voters?
February 7th, 2012
06:30 PM ET
10 years ago

White House offers an olive branch to Catholic voters?

Washington (CNN) – The White House appears to be softening its stance on the controversial rule forcing some religious organizations to provide birth control as part of their health insurance plans.

“The president's interest at a policy level is in making sure that this coverage is extended to all women because it's important,” said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. “(On) the other side is finding the right balance…concerns about religious beliefs and convictions. So we will, in this transition period …seek to find ways to implement that policy that allay some of those concerns.”


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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Women's equal rights shouldn't be stomped on because of their religion like Sharia law.

    February 7, 2012 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  2. @OmegaRaiel

    Catholics sure hate women who need birth control pills to control abnormal menstruation.

    February 7, 2012 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  3. Bill

    Now I know why my grandparents left the Catholic church – back in 1918. Keep politics out of religion. BIshops reading letters in church condemning a government action? Nothing but a bunch of pukes.

    February 7, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  4. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    This is a no-brainer. It's a WOMAN'S CHOICE! Contraception should be readily available. The morning after pill, definitely. As far as Santorum's brainless and heartless remarks about rape victims? SHAME ON HIM! Keep religion out of it. They don't have any say-so in an individual life. People make their own decisions.

    February 7, 2012 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  5. Silly Baggers!

    As a Catholic this is the dumbest thing possible to fight over. I respect my religions take on this matter but a hospital, regardless of a religious affiliation, is first supposed to protect the health of its patients. Maybe we don't just need seperation of church and state but also seperation of church and healthcare as well. Many fear big government and big religion can be just as bad sometimes as we see here. I side with the President on this. In fact this mandate is implemented in Italy which is Catholic central and they are not up in arms about it so no reason for anyone here to be.

    February 7, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  6. Newmoon2

    These organizations employ people of many faiths. No one is mandating anyone MUST use the contraception services, only that they be offered to employees. Why are churches so afraid?! If they're so certain theirs is the right path, their faithful will not use the services and those who are not of their belief may. What's the big deal?

    February 7, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  7. Larry L

    A plan that is covered doesn't have to be used! Unless the Republicans think the federal government will mandate use of the contraceptives it's a lot of talk about nothing. I'm for taking a really hard look at all religious institutions who enjoy a tax exempt status yet continue to lobby. Let them earn a right to whine by paying taxes! Republicans love to raise religious issues – but in their hearts they know Jesus would be a Democrat. To believe otherwise is purely delusional.

    February 7, 2012 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  8. marty

    A president has to consider what is best for ALL Americans, not just a few. That is what President Obama is doing, he is not 'forcing' anything. If 98% of Catholics are reported to practice contraception then their religious arguments against 'offering' birth control services is moot.

    February 7, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  9. Larry in Houston

    White House offers an Olive Branch to Catholic Voters ?

    Short Answer : Not Necessarily.

    I'm a catholic , born catholic, raised catholic – but just like a lot of other "catholics" – we attend Church Service every week, or whenever we can go, either a Service on Saturday evening, or on Sunday Morning, and IF you cannot attend a Service on Sunday Morning, then you can Still Attend a Service on Sunday evening. That being said, a lot of us "catholics" don't necessarily agree with the "Pope" regarding the birth control Issue. Obama doesn't need this, especially in an Election Year.

    ""The Catholic Church opposes the use of contraceptives even though a large number of rank-and-file Catholics disagree""

    Does that tell you anything ? If you read my first paragraph, you will see that I pretty much said the same thing, regarding "don't necessarily agree" got it ?

    Tell you what – If somebody took a Poll, I'd say, or my gut feeling is this : The poll would tell you that "most catholics" would agree with the fact – that IF a female got pregnant through either Incest or Rape, they would tell their daughter to go Directly & Immediately to the E.R. – so she could get an Estrogen Shot. okay ? (not wait 9 or 10 weeks) But let me be clear . They will Also Tell You, that they believe that "Life Begins at Contraception" get that also ?

    Moral of this is, or the bottom line is : There's a fine line – between Their OWN Daughter – and somebody else's.

    Larry IN Houston

    February 7, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  10. ismaila horoya ali

    president obama will surely win the u.s presidental poll come november 7 insh allah.

    February 7, 2012 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  11. GI Joe.

    They fell for it again. While the republicans will be discussing abortions, and religion, our president will be discussing jobs.

    Gee, wonder what the people in this country want to hear about? tHEY FELL FOR IT AGAIN.

    February 7, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  12. Fla.Pete

    Remember Bushes stance on things,he did it,then worried about the results later.If Bush or Reagan had done this you Repubs would be kissing the ground they walk on.This health debate is an option,no one is holding a gun to your head to use them.But majority of time unwanted pregnancies are paid by tax dollars,Medicaid,etc.So if religious institutions don't like what's going on ,stay out of politics,period...That's where seperation of church and state come in.If churches preach politics,they SHOULD LOSE THEIR TAX EXCEMPT STATIST,PERIOD,CASE CLOSED...

    February 7, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  13. Sage Sophos

    We christians needs no olive branch! eithist and gays can`t have it all in America!! the persecution of christians have to stop NOW!!

    February 7, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |