February 8th, 2012
07:42 PM ET
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Video: Top Democrat on battle over birth control

(CNN) - Archbishop Timothy Dolan said Wednesday he hoped the White House compromises on a new contraception policy. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, reacts.

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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Victoria Ryan-Bailey

    If you think this is a moot issue, think again. For thousands of female teachers, nurses, and other professionals and family members working for faith-based groups, it is critical. Most health care plans offered to them by their employers have no provision for birth control. While working for a mail order pharmacy based here in St. Louis, I advised a young high schoolteacher in her 20's that while her company plan offered her free adoption counseling service if she became pregnant, they did not pay for any birth control pills to prevent it. I advised her to register at a local clinic that would service her needs based on income. She was devastated. President Obama is wise to support women's rights and reject the contradictory doubletalk being spoken.

    February 8, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  2. Namejkane fl

    Don't fall for the republican propaganda, the church might care , but the flock doesn't.

    February 8, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  3. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    Contraception is a right, not a privilege. It is a woman's choice, no one else's.

    If the GOP and the religious zealots want to stop women from having full control and authority over their own bodies, then let's make it simple - turn it around. All men must take salt peter and Viagra/Cialis should be illegal. No male may run for elected office since they have no clue what they're doing. Only women can be in positions of authority since they alone have sense enough to tell men what they will be allowed to do.

    February 8, 2012 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  4. Len Gostkowski

    ... and we have a lot of evidence that the government runs everything better because ?

    February 8, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  5. EM

    Please people I think this debate over birth control is overblown. I bet 99% of Catholics use birth control. Why not get out of every ones business and allow women to make their own choice?

    February 8, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  6. independent

    Republicans (and conservative Christians) can't have it both ways. On the one hand, they don't want to raise salaries, and on the other they justify not rasing salaries by calling health insurance, compensation. If health insurance is compensation, and its compensation in lieu of a raise, then you can't tell people how to spend it. Provide complete basic health coverage, since you don't want to raise salaries, and stop complaining about what employees use it for. Of course the government has a right to say that what is legal should be covered.

    February 8, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  7. Thomas

    Birth control is nothing to be ashamed about.

    The Philippines, birth control and the Roman Catholic church.
    In the next 30 years the population of the Philippines is set to double to 170 million. Contraceptives are frowned on.

    February 8, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  8. julien vergara

    Birth control is good especially to those people using babies as a ticket for food stamp and monetary assistance

    February 8, 2012 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  9. enuff

    It's a communication issue. People are only hearing half of what it is about. It's called educate yourself before you go spouting off.

    February 8, 2012 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  10. maria gutierrez

    i believed that every religious sector have different views but God never allowed anybody to take away one's life especially in the woman's womb. Why the government will mandate all to follow this law? Why they cant pass a bill that agencies may or not include this health programs so nobody may violate the law? Why cant they pass a bill that organizations, employers & other concerned party may include the sterilization and contraceptive on their own freewill and not mandatory to all. They have the options to pass it but not compulsary, that way your not breaking a law. The cost of law suit in here is not a joke, Once you violated your broke. So i think the law makers should modify the issues before the law is signed and become a bill. You cannot impose it to all because everyone have different beliefs so you have to learn to respect it to avoid arguments.

    February 8, 2012 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  11. Fla.Pete

    Rep.Schultz,tell them the story about seperation of church and state.If they continue,they can get a free audit from the IRS,they don't play.Ask Pat Robertson and some other religious zealots what happened after they get thru with ya,no fun...Tax exemption gone,no more golf money,no more religious cruises,no more fun,no more mega churches,too bad.Your choice,your bed ,you have to sleep in it.Barack is not twisting arms to use contraceptives,he's giving responsible adults a choice,not like some churches did when they burned women at the stake for witchcraft hundreds of years ago,remember history,they had no choice.

    February 8, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  12. vic , nashville ,tn

    Republicans took a wrong fight. Individual liberty first

    February 8, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  13. Nancy

    I'm not worried about government in religion – I want religion out of government – and religion and government out of my bedroom!

    February 8, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  14. Four and The Door

    The Obama Administration is a clear case of the Federal Government exceeding it's natural role in American life.
    This is inappropriate, awkward and not what America needs from Washington.

    February 8, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  15. Sage Sophos

    Its a sad story the best job this administration has prevailed on is shoving the fartherst of the left agenda on the rest of us.

    February 8, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  16. DENNA

    When will the catholic church stop trying to make their beliefs the law of the land? No birth control, no abortion. If you want to do something useful, why don't you teach the young men in your parishes to respect women and take responsibility for their actions when a child is created. It would be refreshing to not have all of this fall on the woman's shoulders. Make the men in our parishes responsible.

    February 8, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  17. ct

    Get over it!

    February 8, 2012 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  18. Larry L

    By all means let's take our marching orders from an Archbishop. I've always trusted an old man with no wife and no children to make decisions about birth control. To call this an infringement on religious freedom is to agree with the Taliban regarding religion's place in our government. Women who have been raped should have the choice to select or reject birth control. It's not only common sense... it's kindness.

    February 8, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  19. John Smith...

    what is this 1960s? If you are in the health insurance business you have to follow the law. GIVE CARE.

    February 9, 2012 03:49 am at 3:49 am |
  20. winky

    This has nothing to do with church but all to do with women and their rights. Women that work at these establishments need coverage not all are Catholic. Plus I feel like white men use religion to control their women. Where was the outrage when those bishops were raping those kids!

    February 9, 2012 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  21. NameJean

    Get over it. Women needs this we do not need a bunch of men telling us why we do not need this. Using the church to hide behind is cowardly

    February 9, 2012 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  22. diridi

    Stop this religious Junk in Birth Control. o.k, 21st century. If a woman wants to have a pill, let her have. o.k, The largest democracy like India, and secular nation, it is a pro-choice. What a big deal. Stop this nonsense of Religion. It is man made.

    February 9, 2012 07:47 am at 7:47 am |