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Where has the birth control furor been?: Employer requirement for contraception coverage approved in Iowa in 2000
Although Catholic bishops have objections they believe are justified, it’s fair to ask where such outrage was before. Some states imposed such a birth control requirement years ago. Iowa was one of them.
Contraceptive decision good for all women: Access to birth control leads to healthier women and children
President Obama has addressed the concerns raised by religious leaders while still ensuring women can access preventive care regardless of where they work. Under the new ruling, if a woman works for a hospital or university that objects on religious grounds to providing contraceptive coverage, her insurance company — not her employer — will offer her the coverage.
The rule poses no threat to religious freedom. Catholics are free to believe contraception is immoral, and they retain the right to abstain from using it. Catholic clergymen like Pates have every right to speak freely about their opposition to contraception. But the free exercise clause does not grant mere religiously affiliated employers the right to impose certain religious convictions upon their employees, no matter how deeply held those convictions may be.
The church as a whole, and these bishops in particular, seem to have no moral qualms about their hospitals profiting off the labor of women who may be on birth control, and they have no qualms about accepting donations from parishioners who use birth control.