GOP Seeks To Abolish Birth Control Rule

By: KKTV/CBS
By: KKTV/CBS
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President Obama's top aide addressed the latest controversy over contraception coverage, saying on CBS News' "Face the Nation" Sunday that the latest iteration of the new rule will go forward.

Obama walked back on a policy that would have forced religious-affiliated institutions such as universities and hospitals to cover contraceptives in their employee insurance plans, saying Friday that those institutions will be allowed exemptions.

Under the amended law, religious organizations will not be required to provide contraceptive coverage, pay for it, or refer employees to places that would offer it. The onus will be placed on the employers' insurance companies, who will be required to offer women contraceptive coverage directly and free of charge if their employer will not.

The compromise was not enough for Catholic bishops and Republicans, who called for Obama to renounce the rule completely.

"There's no compromise here," GOP candidate Rick Santorum said. "They are forcing religious organizations, either directly or indirectly, to pay for something that they find is a deeply, morally, you know, wrong thing. And this is not what the government should be doing."

Republicans have introduced legislation in the Senate that would allow any organization--religious or not--to opt out of providing birth control coverage on moral grounds. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday he's pushing for a vote on the legislation.

House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Ryan Paul said there are enough votes in the House to pass similar legislation.

A recent poll by the Public Religion Research Institution has found that a majority of Americans agree that "employers should be required to provide their employees with health care plans that cover contraceptives and birth control at no cost."

The Obama administration is including contraceptive coverage under the umbrella of "preventative services," which the Affordable Care Act will require insurance companies to cover without co-pays or deductibles. Many women use the pill for health reasons unrelated to pregnancy prevention.


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  • by Tom Location: COS on Feb 20, 2012 at 10:10 AM
    Perhaps the GOP leadership can place aspirin between their collective knees and pray...
  • by JW Location: Colorado Springs on Feb 16, 2012 at 09:24 PM
    Let's make this a fair ruling, shall we? All of this talk about birth control being paid for by religous groups who are against contraception of any kind and a politician that states birth control for women as being not healthy. Well, news flash fellas, let the tables be turned and you either get "fixed" so you cannot get any female pregnant or the male gender be put into a chastity belt like women in the dark ages endured. Get real people. having sex is a choice and if you want to play the game one should play it safe. You cannot depend on the male gender to be honest and feel secure that they are protecting themselves and you from pregnancy. Secondly, most young males cannot afford to purchase condoms! That is still a form of birth control. So you all think no contraception at all and no morning after pill for women; but you want us to once again be a possession; one that you can tell when a women will have sex and how many children she can have. I take this as a step back for women of all ages. The next thing you will tell us and that we cannot have a surgery to remove a cancer from an ovary, uterus, or any part they may be interperated as a form of birth control. You all make me sick to my stomach. Women's rights are being trampled on and noone has even addressed this issue! I'm call my representative tomorrow to complain; for all the good that will do!
  • by what'snext Location: Colorado Springs on Feb 16, 2012 at 12:16 PM
    Everyone up in arms about oranizations having to cover birth control and then add insult to injury we have idiots that now want to stop all birth control period! WOW, so let us just start having more babies than ever before and put more people in the poor house along with babies being born to parents that do not want babies!! Are you all nuts or what? My personal beliefs and my personal morals are mine..God if you believe in God, will judge me for my actions. Not you as Republicans, not you as a Democrat. We are quickly loosing our freedoms in this country. Beware all of you what you are proposing! I fear for this country and for the political idiots that are in office or attempting to be in office!! They should all be run out of town and I believe we should have this country ran by the people who live and work in this country. We could start by having each state have a policeman, fireman, banker, farmer/rancher, sanitation driver, plumber, electrician, barber/beautian, resturant owner, a cook, a waitress, grocery store clerk, post-man, etc. etc. to be in our capital and state offices. We need common sense values back in this country and not those that are in it for political gain. Terms should be one time, with no retirement benefits for their service to their country. No special free college education to their children. They get paid for four year of service and then they are out and a new set put in place.
  • by Tony on Feb 13, 2012 at 08:39 AM
    Sex for pleasure will be outlawed, single women will have to take virginity tests, welcome to the world of Rick Santorum.
  • by memories on Feb 13, 2012 at 07:06 AM
    Kind of takes me back to manifest destiny and eminent domain killing and stealing native land now government control has reached its own people. How's it feel? Hahahaha
  • by Common Sense Location: C/S on Feb 13, 2012 at 05:40 AM
    According to the WH, the POTUS has the legal right to mandate that a private company has to provide a free service. Nice, real nice.
  • by yup on Feb 13, 2012 at 04:44 AM
    This will only increase the amount of women desperately seeking the morning after pill or no other choice than to opt for a last minute abortion out of desperation or a coat hanger
  • by noone Location: here on Feb 12, 2012 at 06:56 PM
    ' "There's no compromise here," GOP candidate Rick Santorum said. "They are forcing religious organizations, either directly or indirectly, to pay for something that they find is a deeply, morally, you know, wrong thing. And this is not what the government should be doing." Republicans have introduced legislation in the Senate that would allow any organization--religious or not--to opt out of providing birth control coverage on moral grounds. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday he's pushing for a vote on the legislation. ' This is yet another shining example of conservatives limiting the freedom and options of Americans. Their desire to impose their views on all Americans is frightening. Conservatives need to be stopped before we lose all of our freedoms. noh
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      by Anonymous on Feb 12, 2012 at 11:09 PM in reply to noone
      I think it's silly that politicians are screaming so loudly on this so called 'issue'. Just because insurance providers are required to cover it, how is it it that it's related back to an employer that happens to be a church. If they're a church that doesn't agree with birth control, advise your followers to not use it. Rick Santorum is a prime example of what the general population doesn't want. I'm surprised Republicans are voting for him, because Obama is sure to win against him in November.
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