Catholic Leaders Push Back On Contraception Compromise

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The topics of health care and religion are again colliding on the national political stage.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has denounced President Barack Obama's recent compromise on a controversial rule that requires most of the nation's employers to fully cover contraception in their workers' health plans. On Friday, Obama said he would allow religious employers who object to the use of birth control to turn over coverage responsibility to insurance carriers.

The new compromise allows faith-based employers to exclude contraception from their policies. Instead, insurance companies would be required to provide access to contraception for those who want it. Women working at a religious hospital or school can obtain contraception in the same way as any other woman could who works for a secular employer. The cost would likely be spread across all policyholders.

But Catholic leaders pushed back with what they called "serious moral concerns."

"It would still be financed in the same way as the rest of the coverage," said the statement. "It is unacceptable and must be corrected."

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