Peacemaking on birth control

  • Article by: E.J. DIONNE JR. , Washington Post
  • Updated: February 2, 2013 - 10:16 AM

The Obama administration made a move on Friday to appease the concerns of Catholic bishops, who should graciously accept the change.

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FrankLFeb. 2, 13 8:33 AM

Seems to me the compromise solution would have been to use the formulary approach that most health plans use for which drugs they cover. Most insurance plans do not cover all drugs, but make choices as to which drugs to cover. For example, my plan does not cover allergy drugs. Thus, each organization could have covered the method of birth control in accordance to their ethics.

brianjapanFeb. 2, 13 8:34 AM

Mr Obama had to buckle to this one to avoid law suits.

briechersFeb. 2, 13 9:06 AM

Perhaps lawmakers should codify this decision...otherwise, we will simply be at the mercy of the whims of this HHS Secretary or the next.

smdentFeb. 2, 1310:33 AM

Catholic hierarchy will never be satisfied until all human beings abide to their demands. This should be self-evident. They scream "religious freedom" when they don't get their way. What happened to freedom from religion?

kindaliberalFeb. 2, 1311:30 AM

Sounds good.

crystalbayFeb. 2, 1311:39 AM

It seem absurd to me that any institution is railing against a uniform coverage of BC, especially since 95% of women in the church leading this charge use BC during their lifetimes. Just what is it they're trying so hard to "protect" anyway?? The rare woman who chooses to forego BC is not being forced to use it and the church will NEVER affect personal decisions to use BC. It makes no sense to me to see millions being spent to fight for a principle that hardly anyone even lives by.

MichJoe500Feb. 2, 1312:48 PM

I don't understand what the author means by saying that President Obama didn't want this "war" with the Catholic Church. What prevented him from making some form of compromise sooner, or from avoiding the whole conundrum in the first place? Perhaps the likes of Catholics like Kathleen Sebelius in Obama's ear telling him things like, "Because most Catholics have used birth control at some point, it's all good to make Catholic institutions pay for it. I'm a Catholic, and I say it's ok." As if "everybody's doing it" is good reason for the Catholic Church to change its principles and a politician has the right to direct the change in those principles. How is that not encroachment of government on religious freedom? I was taught in public school that the Puritans came to the New World because the British government kept interfering with their religious practices, and, thus, the U.S. was founded on the principle of not condoning such government interference---that is, freedom of religion. Many people seem to think that this right means government is to be protected from religion and can therefore dictate to religious institutions how to manage their affairs. This is not to happen, and one can refer to the recent Supreme Court case involving Hosanna Tabor and the Obama Administration as proof.

pumiceFeb. 2, 1312:58 PM

Re: "[T]he appearance of a state of war with Obama ... threatened to cast a church with strong commitments to immigrants, social justice and nonviolence as a partisan, even right-wing organization." Exactly, E.J. The issue of women's right to freedom of conscience is a social justice issue. Family planning is an economic issue. The right to adequate medical care is a human rights issue.

pumiceFeb. 2, 13 3:21 PM

Note to the conservative Catholic hierarchy: Preach the faith to your congregation. Use the money your parishioners donate to perform acts of Christian charity--feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, care for the sick, visit the imprisoned, clothe the naked. Imposing your misapprehensions about sex and gender on society is not a good use of treasure or talent.

scrutineerFeb. 2, 13 8:46 PM

"especially since 95% of women in the church leading this charge use BC during their lifetimes." -- crystalbay

Not true. That study (wasn't it done by "Planned Parenthood", lol?) only counted Catholic women between the ages of 18 and 45 who were trying not to become pregnant. The actual figure may be in the 70s, but it's not 95%.


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