Contraceptives take center stage in yet another health care battle
POSTED: Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 1:23pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 1:34pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — The Obama Administration is under fire today for its decision to force religious-affiliated groups to cover contraceptives in their health care plan.
The White House says the President is trying to protect women. Republicans say he's gone too far.
Congressional Republicans are vowing to roll back the Obama Administration's controversial policy forcing religious groups with health insurance plans to cover birth control. "This attack by the Federal government on religious freedom in our country must not stand, and will not stand," said House Speaker John Boehner (R) Ohio
"This is not a women's rights issue. This is a religious liberty issue,"said Senator Kelly Ayotte, (R) New Hampshire.
The Catholic Church had hoped to get a waiver, but didn't. "The mandate is actually is government imposing on the church requirements that are against our conscience," said the Archbishop of Louisville, Most Rev. Joseph Kurtz.
And now the issue is a talking point in the presidential campaign. "This President who is deliberately undermining religious liberty in this country," said Rick Santorum, (R) Presidential Candidate.
"This is wrong. If I am President of the United States, I will restore and protect our religious liberty in this great country," proclaimed Mitt Romney, (R) Presidential Candidate.
The white house argues the policy isn't anti-religion. "The President's focused on putting in place the right policies for women across the country," said Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary.
And Senate Democrats are vowing to fight back. "It's medicine. And women deserve their medicine,� argued Senator Barbara Boxer, (D) California.
In Washington, a brewing battle over birth control and who pays the price.