Contraception ruling at center of conservative criticism
February 13th, 2012
08:11 AM ET
11 years ago

Contraception ruling at center of conservative criticism

Washington (CNN) - Forty-two conservative leaders issued coordinated statements Monday in opposition to the policy from the Obama administration over the role religious institutions play in contraception.

ForAmerica, a non-profit organization chaired by L. Brent Bozell III, organized the offensive, support for which came from a cross-section of conservatives including Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Tea Party Patriot Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin, former White House counselor Ed Gillespie, President of the Family Research Council Tony Perkins and conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart.

Bozell, a writer and activist who previously served as president of the Parents Television Council, called the policy the "greatest assault on religious freedom in the history of the Republic."

The original proposal from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which was met with opposition from religious circles, some members of Congress and the Republican presidential candidates, among others, said religious institutions, except churches, would be forced to cover contraception beginning next year.

However President Barack Obama announced a compromise on Friday saying institutions with religious affiliations, like hospitals and universities, will not be required to include contraception in their health insurance plans. Instead, insurers will now be forced to offer coverage at no cost to women employed by the institutions.

But Rep. Jordan said the ruling is an example the current administration thinks "its political goals trump the religious faith of American citizens."

"That isn't right, fair, or constitutional," he said a statement.

"These are serious consequences for electing a cultural Marxist manufactured in the radical academic trenches where the destruction of humanities departments and replacement with nihilism foretold our current predicament," Breitbart said.

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  1. steven harnack

    Once again they are on the wrong side of history. Don't let them make this some kind of religious fredom thing. No body in any religion is being made to do anything that they haven't already come to grips with in every European country and 26 of our own states.

    February 13, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  2. jaywing

    The religious right has popped a vein on this one, especially the white, old men who run the catholic church. This isn't religious issue – it one of freedom of choice for women – all women. If you run a for-profit buiness, even it is administered by a religious organization, you need to pay your taxes and abide by the laws of the land, which includes being non-discrimanatory when it come topaying for health care for your employees – men, women, whites, blacks, catholics, atheists. Pretty straight forward. By the way Catholic church, who have a serious pedophile problem with your priests raping children - why don't you clean that up before attacking women's freedom to choose. Those little boys didn't have a choice.

    February 13, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  3. MaryM

    They can complain and call the President names all they want. But as the polls confirm, the majority of Americans are with President Obama on this one.

    February 13, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |

    "These are serious consequences for electing a cultural Marxist manufactured in the radical academic trenches where the destruction of humanities departments and replacement with nihilism foretold our current predicament,"
    Your father should have worn a rubber and your mother should have taken the morning after pill.

    February 13, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  5. ladydi4386

    When the conservative men stop altering their "natural" state of their bodies with Viagra then they can tell a woman that they should stop altering the natural state of their bodies!!!!! The Employers/Insurance companies gladly offer and pay for Viagra supplies without a debate!!!!! Enabeling men to become "performance ready" when nature clearly is saying NO is playing "GOD" WHAT A BUNCH OF HYPOCRITES - AS MOST CONSERVATIVES USUALLY ARE.

    February 13, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  6. logicnLA

    What is not fair is for religious groups to decide for women what to do with their bodies.What is not fair is religious groups getting into politics. What is not fair is Conservatives excluding or limiting people personal rights and freedoms foer their agenda.
    The government cannot tell someone what to believe or take away their right to believe, but religion should stop tryingto run people's civil rights and stick to their souls.

    February 13, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  7. Ken J.

    Ah, those guys are nuts.... Get a life!

    February 13, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  8. Connie

    If church based institutions do not want to be subject to government rules, then they should refrain from taking money from the government. Theycan not have it both ways.
    Many insurers pay for Viagra, but make women pay out of pocket for contraception, besides setting a double standard, it is poor health policy.
    Pregnancy is still a potentially life threatening condition. Women should have the choice whether to become pregnant or not. If we want to lower the rate of abortion, decrease the number of children on government roles and encourage responsible behavior, paying for contraception is as part of an overall heath agenda makes perfect sense.
    We must stop making women's health issues political issues.

    February 13, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  9. SafeJourney

    And the objections come from the majority of MEN. Why the hell do men think they have a say in womens birth control? Oh, and of course the shrill harpie head of the TeaPotty will say anything she is told to say.

    February 13, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. Rob in MO

    I'm morally opposed to war, so none of my tax $$$ should pay for war.

    February 13, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  11. Martha in CF

    Obama compromised on the religious issue, isn't that what you wanted?????????? I think you need to look more into this contraception issue. I'm sure you would be surprised the amount of men and women who are using contraceptive measures. Enough already!!!!!!!!!!

    February 13, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  12. once upon a horse

    these are the exact same people that hollar if an unwed mother, especially a minority, has a child and it winds up living on the dole. Possible acess to birth control may have prevented it. Can't have it both ways although some on the right think they can.

    February 13, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  13. Roger

    So it's okay for insurance companies to cover prescriptions to keep a rapists genitals engorged, but not for an insurance company to prevent the person getting raped from getting pregnant. Real brilliant, Republicans.

    February 13, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  14. Sniffit

    Outplayed again, eh GOPers? This is the part in the show when they hang themselves on their extremism...again...

    February 13, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  15. Ken

    You can just smell the desparation of the conservative right. They're grasping for anything while they continue to sink.

    February 13, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
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