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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soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Namryan

    It really shows were the conservative focus is: religion fundamentalism and stop any proposal from the Obama administration. Funny cause I thought that conservatives in congress have been elected ont the mantra of JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!

    February 13, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  2. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    Mullah Bozell and Mullah Jordan needs to let women make that choice for their personal reasons, and not from a man's directive!

    February 13, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  3. Dave

    Whatever... This is nothing more than a straw man for the conservatives. The contraception rule is not a huge issue in the grand scheme and they are harping on it simply to draw attention away from the fact that their candidates are weak and that they have no plans or ideas of their own.

    February 13, 2012 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  4. Blindersoff

    These so called conservatives, of which, are laughable at best. Their child like antics, they will side with any opposition, no matter how wrong, how backwards or outdated the ideology may be, as long as it is against the current president (President Barack Obama), the republican base and leadership will hop on board. They are so jealous and resentful of our president, his integrity, his wisdom, his intellect, his success as a true natural leader, in spite of their blatant obstruction to every executive decision coming from this administration. I would go further to say, that the republican party would side with terrorist to destroy this great country if it means President Obama's demise . . . Period. What happened to the Republican party. What a shame, what a waste.

    February 13, 2012 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  5. WiredweirdinSF

    So the president decides to offer "free" birth control in an election year effort to bribe more voters. Sorry dope addicts, there is no such thing as "free." All of the welfare frauds, dope addicts and corrupt union bosses are actually being subsidised by the people who actually work and pay taxes. Now we realize that people who support Obozo do not work or pay taxes, yet receive all of these benefits while we see out taxes and costs rise. That is why we need to dump this inept, incompetent, corrupt, union toady president.

    February 13, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  6. sortakinda

    "Instead, insurers will now be forced to offer coverage at no cost to women employed by the institutions." Is this a joke? WHO is going to pay for this attmepted end run around conscience? You think that the premiums for "other coverage" are not going to incorporate the charges for the "free services?" And ALL other insureds aren't going to have to foot the bill? THERE IS NO FREE LUNCH. Obama insults the intelligence of the electorate and thinks he can get away with it.

    February 13, 2012 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  7. diridi

    stop this nonsense in 21st century in democratic nation. It is all bogus...o.k, Obama2012.
    PS: Even Catholics use this. If not openly, in between four walls. .....o.k,

    February 13, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  8. KimK

    Republicans who are supposed to be pro business once again prove this is a hollow lie. Insurance companies deserve the right to run their business without government intervention that forces them to pay for pregnancy instead of birth contol. My insurance company regularly sends information about healthy practices because they want me to stay healthy. Staying not pregnant is also a cost savings and how can a religious group tell a public company how they can and cannot run their business.

    February 13, 2012 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  9. Mrbline62

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    After years of arguing that the above never meant separation of church and state, the GOP now decides it exists thinking it might give it traction come November. While it concentrates over the second part of the clause, it expects government to violate the first part. In no way does Obama's compromise (or original statute) prohibit the free exercise of religion. The Catholic Church is not forced to stock or pass out contraception. The all too secular insurance companies have to provide the option. The Catholic Church does not have to pay extra for this. Insurance says that costs lowered due to payouts for pregnancy etc. will far offset costs to provide the pill. The choice. . . the FREEDOM of religious expression resides in the Catholic employee living by the mandates of his or her church. Just because I can get the pill, does not mean I have to get the pill, just like cigarettes and alcohol. There is no violation of the Constitution here.

    The GOP and the Catholic Bishops, however, want government to effectively re-write law to exempt it. In short it demands government to pass a law "respecting an establishment of religion." Roman Catholicism says government must abide by its rules. What is next? The Pope has to ordain our President? Careful what you wish for GOP and conservative voters for you may surely get it.

    Stand firm Mr. Obama. Religion should never dictate policy.

    February 13, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  10. Buster Bloodvessel

    What a roster of conservative clowns! How DO they all fit into that little car? You couldn't have found a dumber bunch of nobodies if you went out banging a pan and yelling "Here dummy, here dummy."

    February 13, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  11. Mrbline62

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    While the GOP and Catholic Bishops clamor over the second part of the religion clause, both violate the first. The current law does not prohibit the free exercise of religion. Insurance companies are mandated, not the Church. Costs wash either way so there is no added financial burden, and the employee is free to express a faith based choice.

    The GOP and the Catholic Bishops, however, expect the law re-written "respecting an establishment" of a religious ideology, namely Catholic prohibition of contraception. Do we really want to allow a religious institution to dictate government policy? Where do we draw the line of religious intrusion on the workings of government? IMO you should stand firm Mr. Obama in defense of religious freedom.

    February 13, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  12. Al-NY,NY

    "blah blah blah" say the zealots. They don't care either way. Whatever Obama does..they say the opposite. People are tired of it and the GOP will learn a lesson in humility in November when they get run out of office in droves

    February 13, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  13. Matt

    i was surprised he did not blame it on Bush, one of his last speeches was about condoms and Africa, I warned Hamid because we cannot feed everyone. He uses Bush to blame for everything else, why not as an example right wing republican President urging the use of contraception.

    February 13, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  14. Seattle Sue

    GOP always revert to God,Guns and Gays during an election as they have nothing else.

    February 13, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  15. John in Brooklyn

    The fact is that 35 states already have laws that prohibit against reproduction discrimination for health insurance. The federal plan is not only consistent with the laws in the vast majority of states, but also reflects the opinions of most Americans regarding birth control coverage. Unfortunately fundamentalist Christian extremists – and GOP politicians who are willing to pander to them – are attempting to put an issue center stage that was resolved 40 years ago!

    February 13, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  16. jon

    This just proves there is no compromising with conservative nutjobs like Breitbart.

    February 13, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  17. GI Joe.

    Conservatives are the wealthy that pay their private doctors in cash to get their babies aborted.

    The POPE is not my God. I'll make my choices and live with the consequences. The women in this country deserve the right to make their own choices, not be dictated to by a bunch of old white men in D.C. or vatican city.

    February 13, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  18. v_mag

    What a crock! Nobody is forcing contraception on anyone. And now, the church doesn't even have to pay for this low-cost health service, used by 98% of Catholic women. I wonder how much Republican forces have paid to the Catholic bishops to get them to put up this squawk. Guess the church needs all it can get to help pay for lawsuits over pedophile priests. Now, there's an issue they'd love to gloss over.

    All this bull will come back to bite them, because almost nobody but Rick Sanitarium and the bishops are against birth control.

    February 13, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  19. Randy, San Francisco

    Hypocritical of conservatives to cry for a separation of church and state when it doesn't involve their agenda to force their beliefs on everyone.

    February 13, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  20. Peace

    Only one woman in the whole group. Why can't we take it as the war against all women who use contraceptives?

    February 13, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  21. The Greedy Old Pigs declared class war on US!

    As usual, the anti-sex phony "christian" taliban that forms the radical rightwing of the GOBP deathcult are on the wrong side of history and American voters. We've come to expect this as we see the "emperor" is wearing no clothes.

    February 13, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  22. Anonymous

    "Marxist"?!? LOL at the extreme rightwing's ignorance and delusions.

    February 13, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  23. jim

    Once again the catholic church manages to force the rest of us to pay for their collective delusion. When will our government stop kowtowing to these lunatics?

    February 13, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  24. king

    Lesson Obama this is probably the last thing these right winged folks have in their asonal, so any compromise this president does they will find a way to spin it negatively. Hey remember these are the folks that don't believe in facts and science. I say let them keep trying to wild the people up so they through logic through the door like they did the last election. This is the only way repubs thinks they can win is to cloud over the American people's mind with emotion so they chose over their own self interest. Hey it happened in 2010, why not do it again.

    February 13, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  25. Thomas

    n religion and politics people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.
    – Autobiography of Mark Twain

    February 13, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
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