Earlier today President Barack Obama announced a compromise on a feature of his health care bill that would prohibit religious institutions from denying their employees insurance coverage for birth control. Under the new plan, will be able to get free contraception directly from health insurance companies.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, who helped spark the firestorm of protest on the matter, sent out a statement today announcing that they were “studying” the White House’s “movement on religious liberty.”
The release noted that it was “too soon to tell whether and how much improvement on core concerns.”
“While there may be an openness to respond to some of our concerns, we reserve judgment on the details until we have them,” said Timothy Dolan, arch-bishop of New York and president of USCCB. “The past three weeks have witnessed a remarkable unity of Americans from all religions or none at all worried about the erosion of religious freedom and governmental intrusion into issues of faith and morals.”
Archbishop Dolan has been front-and center in these fights, and a piece in POLITICO this morning noted how he teamed up with former chief of staff Bill Daley to pressure the president on the matter.
“Today’s decision to revise how individuals obtain services that are morally objectionable to religious entities and people of faith is a first step in the right direction,” Mr. Dolan said. “We hope to work with the Administration to guarantee that Americans’ consciences and our religious freedom are not harmed by these regulations.
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