I just saw this:
In August, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that health insurance plans, as of January 1, 2013, will be required to cover contraception, including FDA-approved emergency contraception. “These historic guidelines are based on science and existing literature and will help ensure women get the preventive health benefits they need,” she said. The Catholic Church has been pushing the White House to allow Catholic hospitals to opt out of providing contraception that it considers the termination of a life, and many in the abortion rights community are worried that the president will grant that exemption. Additionally, many Democrats invested in President Obama’s re-election are worried that if he grants that exemption, he will alienate liberal women voters they will need come November.
…and I feel the need to explain something, here. The Roman Catholic Church considers ’emergency contraception’ – otherwise known as the ‘morning after’ pill – to be an abortificant. The Roman Catholic Church does not permit its hospitals to perform abortions. And the leadership (note the distinction) of the Roman Catholic Church is utterly indifferent to what taking a firm line on this might do to Barack Obama’s re-election chances.
You can disagree with the Catholic Church 0n any or all of this, of course – but those are the facts on the ground.
PS: What’s that? Take federal money, follow federal rules? A consistent argument – and if the administration tries to use it to its logical conclusion, the Church will close the hospitals or stop taking the federal money. Which will increase the cost, or decrease the range, of Obamacare even more. You know, it’s almost as if our current model for federally funding health care is fundamentally flawed, or something…