February 9th, 2012
02:23 PM ET
11 years ago

Contraception controversy consumes D.C., campaign

(CNN) - Congressional Democrats and Republicans escalated their rhetorical war Thursday over a pending federal rule requiring religiously affiliated employers to provide full contraception coverage to women - one day after hints emerged of a possible compromise between the White House and conservative religious critics.

Numerous rank-and-file Democrats urged the White House not to back away from its support for the rule, while Republicans demanded a full retreat.


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  1. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Little Mikey... You are not a very deep thinker are you? It seems the issue here is FAR beyond your ability to grasp, but I will try to explain it once again.

    The interference in this case is in the FORCING of the Catholic church to PAY for contraceptives, birth control, morning after pills, that violate the teachings of the Catholic church.

    Women can practice whatever they want. They do NOT have a right to expect that the church pay for it though. So when Obamacare covers abortions, will you expect the church also pay to cover it?

    As I have said, Obamacare is being used to bludgeon individuals and now religious organizations into line with unconstitutional mandates all in the name of healthcare. Believe it or not, there ARE things far more important and our rights are protected under the Constitution. If they are not then the government not only owns our paychecks, it now owns our bodys. We will have become slaves. How ironic that the first black president would have been the cause of it!

    February 9, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. A Southern Lady

    Catholics – you are entitled to your own opnions and life style but not entitled to be in my doctor's office, in my bedroom or in my marriage. A survery shows 98% of women, including many Catholic women, use birth control. Why is that so hard for the Catholic church and the "Social conservatives running for president" to accept.? This is no longer the dark ages, we women are educated, intelligent and will act in our own best interests. With all the problems this county faces today, get off the nutty social issues and do something useful for the county. Maybe then you will gain back some respect from the women you are attempting to intimidate and control. Enough!!!!

    February 9, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. vet in texas

    @ truth and nothing but the truth, and @ califorina conservative:

    for all of us "kool-aid" drinkers, please enlighten us on what the administration is specifically forcing Americans to do.

    Americans meaning individual citizens, not hospitals or companies.

    The challenge is yours if your up to the task...........it's OK.....we'll wait............

    February 9, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It appears that most right wingnuts, incluyding elected republicans, are not familiar with the constitution and the laws of the land.

    February 9, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Churches are exempt from some national laws, while some of their organizations have to conform to the law of the land.

    February 9, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. A Southern Lady

    If women do not stand up to the Catholic church and the so called Christian conservatives that are running for president, you rights will be "adjusted" 'till you no long have any rights. Don't let this happen to you or your daughters.

    February 9, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I haven't read "Obamacare" and most Americans haven't and arguments being made against Obamacare is because people like you and me know we haven't read it. Wise up people and stopped being sheep.

    February 9, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  8. CBR

    Reading all of these entries makes me realize the USA has not moved forward since the Victorian era. Folks, all the women are asking for is prescriptions for birth control if they want to use it. No one is asking anyone church to abandon their precepts. This is a secular issue and should be treated as such. The whole debate is a red herring. Women have the right to make their own choices. No one is telling them to use birth control if their religion is against that choice. This is another red herring issue. President Obama will meet with leaders to change the wording. He is not the obstinate one here. The Republicans are still sitting on their hands and are stamping their feet like children. It is time to work together or get out of government.

    If the hospital takes money from the federal government then the rule of law should prevail. If the hospital is backed by a certain religion then they may opt out by not taking any money. Folks, there are far more important issues and if you do not recognize them that is because the candidates are not talking about them.

    February 9, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  9. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    If it is Obama's intention to have the Catholic church close all of its schools and hospitals then they will get their wish before the Catholic church would EVER succumb to the government's mandate to violate their religious teachings. I'm sure that will not incite ANY Catholic voters to vote against Obama.

    February 9, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    The interference in this case is in the FORCING of the Catholic church to PAY for contraceptives, birth control, morning after pills, that violate the teachings of the Catholic church.

    Wrong. It IS NOT forcing the Catholic church to pay for anything, including contraceptives. Churches and their employees are exempt.

    It is, however, stipulating that coverage be offered to the employees of Catholic run hospitals and universities, of which some Catholic institutions already include this coverage to their employees insurance packets.

    February 9, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. GI Joe.

    The POPE taking over women's healthcare?

    February 9, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  12. catmom


    instead of forcing insurance to cover birth control it would be more economical to force food stamp recipients to use birth control.every food stamp recipient i have ever known(and i know a lot of them)spits out another kid when their child is almost grown so they dont lose their food stamps.


    Would that apply to the seniors and disabled who receive food stamps? It is really sad watching people take anecdotes and use them to vilify people who take advantage of social service programs. Most of you don't even know what it even takes to qualify or the circumstances that the person is under. Are there people who take advantage of the system, of course, but there are people who take advantage of a lot of things. All I'm saying is that before you vilify people and use the very same anecdotes that people against these services have used for decades to get people like you to hate these programs, learn about the programs and what it takes to qualify for and keep the benefits.

    February 9, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  13. Woman In California

    This is the first time and last time I will comment on this issue because well, IT IS NOT AN ISSUE. This is just a smoke screen to keep you from looking and laughing at the real issue which is – the republican party has NO one to run against the "muslin/community organizer" whose doing such a bad job that the economy is starting to turn around. I won't let this distract me from the UNQUALIFIED clowns running for POTUS and neither should you.

    Obama 2012

    February 9, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  14. jimbob

    Why doesn't someone asked Romney and Santorium if their wives ever used birth control. I am sure the answer is yes and they are just a bunch of hypocrits.

    February 9, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
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