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Only the naive or gullible would accept this 'Accommodation'


KATHLEEN GILBERT

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2/10/2012

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ABSTRACTBREAKING: Pro-life leaders slam White House ‘compromise’ on birth control mandate | LifeSiteNews.com facebook twitter Edition: US CANADA INTERNATIONAL Español Skip to Main Content   LifeSiteNews.com Life, Family and Culture News HOME ABOUT SUBSCRIBE ADVERTISE ARCHIVE CONTACT US DONATE NEWS OPINION BLOGS RESOURCES Abortion Bioethics Contraception Culture of Life Euthanasia Faith Family Freedom Homosexuality Newsbytes Politics Stem Cells Canada International USA Abortion Bioethics Contraception Culture of Life Euthanasia Faith Family Freedom Homosexuality Newsbytes Politics Stem Cells Canada International USA Abortion Bioethics Contraception Culture of Life Euthanasia Faith Family Freedom Homosexuality Newsbytes Politics Stem Cells Canada International USA On the Beat Lila Rose Fr. Frank Pavone Alex Schadenberg Daniel McConchie Chestertonians for Life Students for Life of America Get Help Get Informed Get Involved Special Reports Development and Peace News Print Article   |   Email Friend   |  Reprint Permissions BREAKING: Pro-life leaders slam White House ‘compromise’ on birth control mandate by Kathleen Gilbert Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:32 EST Comments (4) Tags: birth control mandate , catholic health association , obama , planned parenthood Tweet   WASHINGTON, February 10, 2012 ( LifeSiteNews.com ) - The White House announced today that, instead of forcing religious employers to pay for birth control, it will force insurance companies to offer the drugs free of charge to all women, no matter where they work. The plan, touted as a concession to freedom of religion and conscience, was immediately denounced by pro-life Rep. Chris Smith. “The so-called new policy is the discredited old policy, dressed up to look like something else,. said Smith. .It remains a serious violation of religious freedom. Only the most na├» or gullible would accept this as a change in policy.” “The White House Fact Sheet is riddled with doublespeak and contradiction,” Smith continued. “It states, for example, that religious employers ‘will not’ have to pay for abortion pills, sterilization and contraception, but their ‘insurance companies’ will. Who pays for the insurance policy? The religious employer.” In a statement released today, the White House said, “Under the new policy announced today, women will have free preventive care that includes contraceptive services no matter where she works.” “If a woman works for religious employers with objections to providing contraceptive services as part of its health plan, the religious employer will not be required to provide contraception coverage but her insurance company will be required to offer contraceptive care free of charge.” The birth control rule announced last summer was intended to force virtually all employers to cover sterilizations and contraception, including abortifacient drugs such as ella, a sister drug to RU-486. The religious employer exemption essentially applied only to houses of worship, creating an uproar in the Catholic community as hospitals, schools, and charities would have been forced to pay for the drugs. The furor only grew stronger when the administration announced last month that the concerned religious organizations would be given an extra year to comply. President Obama reiterated the statement in a press conference this afternoon, saying that “the insurance company, not the hospital, not the charity, will be required to reach out” to women employed by such institutions to offer birth control “without copays, without hassles.” The new rule is reportedly similar to coverage laws in Hawaii that allow employers with religious objections not to directly pay for contraception, but instead to direct employees on how to conveniently access all such drugs and procedures. In an email to the Weekly Standard, Richard Doerflinger of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said this week that such an “adjustment” would be not only inadequate, but even worse than the current mandate. “It would be no improvement to say: ‘Sure, you don’t have to include the coverage, you just have to send all your lay employees and women religious to the local Planned Parenthood clinic,’ he wrote. Eric Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League also told LifeSiteNews.com that the new rule amounted to a “shell game.” “At the end of the day, religious employers are still required to provide insurance plans that offer free contraceptives, sterilizations and abortifacients in violation of their moral tenets,” he said. The country’s Catholic bishops have not yet responded to the White House’s statement. However, both Planned Parenthood and the Catholic Health Association (CHA) have expressed satisfaction with the n.......