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Respecting religious exemptions


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1/22/2012

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ABSTRACTRespecting religious exemptions - The Washington Post Print Subscription Conversations Today's Paper Going Out Guide Jobs Cars Real Estate Rentals Classifieds Shopping Home Politics Campaign 2012 Congress Courts & Law The Fed Page Health Care Polling White House Blogs & Columns Issues: Energy Top Blogs Election 2012 | Felicia Sonmez The Fix | Chris Cillizza Federal Eye | Ed O’Keefe Fact Checker | Glenn Kessler Opinions All Opinions PostPartisan Left-Leaning Right-Leaning Toles Cartoons Telnaes Animations Local Columnist Index Local DC: Politics | News MD: Politics | Communities VA: Politics | Communities Crime Education On Faith/Local Obituaries Traffic & Commuting Weather Blogs & Columns The Root DC Top Blogs Post Now The Buzz Capital Weather Gang Dr. Gridlock Sports Redskins/NFL Capitals/NHL Wizards/NBA Nationals/MLB DC United/Soccer Colleges AllMetSports Other Sports Blogs & Columns Top Blogs The Insider| Mike Jones Capitals Insider| Katie Carrera Wizards Insider | Michael Lee Nationals Journal| Adam Kilgore National Corrections Energy & Environment Health & Science Higher Education National Security On Faith On Leadership Innovations On Giving Blogs & Columns Top Blogs Ideas@Innovations Post Leadership Under God Checkpoint Washington World Africa The Americas Asia & Pacific Europe Middle East National Security War Zones Special Reports Checkpoint Washington Business Economy Industries Local Business Markets Policy & Regulation Technology World Business Blogs & Columns Innovations On Small Business Top Blogs Wonkblog | Ezra Klein Post Tech | Cecilia Kang Faster Forward Where We Live Investigations Lifestyle Advice Carolyn Hax Food Home & Garden Style Travel Weddings Wellness Magazine KidsPost Top Blogs The Style Blog All We Can Eat Reliable Source | Roxanne Roberts & Amy Argetsinger On Parenting | Janice D’Arcy Entertainment Books Celebrities Comics Going Out Guide Horoscopes Movies Museums Puzzles Theater & Dance TV Top Blogs TV Column | Lisa de Moraes Celebritology | Jen Chaney Comic Riffs | Michael Cavna Classical Beat | Anne Midgette Multimedia Innovations Photos Videos The Washington Post Make us your start page Personalize The Washington Post All Opinions PostPartisan Left-Leaning Right-Leaning Toles Cartoons Telnaes Animations Local Columnist Index In the News Mitt Romney Tiger Woods Scott Walker Flying car Dallas tornadoes ???initialComments:true! pubdate:01/22/2012 19:09 EST! commentPeriod:14! commentEndDate:2/5/12 7:9 EST! currentDate:4/3/12 8:0 EDT! allowComments:false! displayComments:true! Photos: Tornado emergency in Texas Your pets, photographed NFL makes fashion statement with new uniforms Peeps, with hipster glasses The Post’s View Respecting religious exemptions Text Size Print E-mail Reprints By Editorial Board , The Washington Post THE OBAMA administration infuriated women’s groups and reproductive-health advocates last month when it rejected a request backed by its own Food and Drug Administration to let girls younger than 17 obtain the Plan B emergency contraceptive without a prescription. This was a difficult call involving issues of policy judgment as well as science, but we disagreed with the decision by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, backed by President Obama. Last week, in a similarly controversial call about the scope of required insurance coverage for contraceptives, the administration ruled in a way that pleased the very groups unhappy with the Plan B ruling, by requiring that employees of religious groups that oppose contraception be offered the coverage free of charge . This time, too, we think the administration came down on the wrong side of a tough call. Loading... Comments Weigh In Corrections? Personal Post Washington Post Editorials Editorials represent the views of The Washington Post as an institution, as determined through debate among members of the editorial board. News reporters and editors never contribute to editorial board discussions, and editorial board members don’t have any role in news coverage. Read more Latest Editorials Obama’s reversal on the court Editorial Board The president was wise to tone down his critique. Gambling’s siren song in Md. Editorial Board Lawmakers shouldn’t be fooled again. Recognizing a deadly sign Editorial Board Maryland should increase the penalties for attempted strangulations. In writing the new health-care law, Congress required that private insurers offer preventive services free of charge, without deductibles or co-payments, but it left to the Department of Health and Human Services the question of what should be included. Ms. Sebelius, following recommendations from the Institute of Medicine, correctly concluded that contraception was prevention. But recognizing the existence of religious objections, primarily from the Catholic Church, HHS included an exemption for directly religious institutio.......