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Should Religious Institutions Be Allowed to Opt Out of Providing Birth Control in Healthcare Insurance?

Health & Wellness  (tags: Should religious institutions be allowed )

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The Obama administration has offered to let religious organisations opt out of contraceptive coverage in their employee healthcare plans, as a compromise to the 2010 law. Should they be exempt?

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Roger S (14)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 3:54 pm
Short answer is no. BTW, is there any religion besides the Roman Catholic church that is making a big deal about this? Even most members of the Catholic church (at least in the USA) don't believe this archaic patriarchal nonsense. It would be one thing if these "religious institutions" only employed members of their own religion, but they don't. Employers should not have the right to dictate what their employees should believe.

Sarah G (109)
Monday February 4, 2013, 5:32 pm
These people will not be satisfied merely to be given preferential treatment; they want to force everyone to obey the dictates of their religion.

Scott haakon (4)
Monday February 4, 2013, 5:45 pm
This is not so easy. There must be a separation of church and state. Where does one end and the other begin? Nonprofits are exempt.
There are other religious groups that are involved.

Christine Stewart (134)
Monday February 4, 2013, 6:09 pm
Contraceptive pills prevent ovulation, they do not cause abortion- such a stupid fight.....

Bette M (91)
Monday February 4, 2013, 6:17 pm
Absolutely not!!!!!!

There are near eight billion humans on this planet
we call home. Soon it will be a casket for all the
dead & dying who have the barest essentials to

Spare the earth & pass out the PILL like Valentine
hearts & candy.Any & all companies should be
forced by a law to provide birth control of all kinds
and methods.

Wherever you go there once was a forest.
Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.

Khadija O (3)
Monday February 4, 2013, 7:01 pm
In simple English: yes. It is fundamental to their religion and is therefore understandable.

cecily w (0)
Monday February 4, 2013, 7:09 pm
There should be no exceptions; all employers should provide contraceptive coverage--including "religious employers". The Catholic church is is not the only religious employer opposing this. But any exception promotes abuse--such as the Hobby Lobby lawsuit. At first, I did agree with the premise of "ministerial exemption", but some of these religious employers would just start "ordaining" people left and right. Employees are not forced to use the contraceptive coverage.

Heidi Aubrey (16)
Monday February 4, 2013, 8:24 pm

jo M. (3)
Monday February 4, 2013, 8:40 pm

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 12:41 am
It is ABSOLUTELY the right of a religious institution if that is integral to their teachings, and it's ABSOLUTELY the right of individuals to find a religious institution that aligns with their own beliefs.

Ro H (0)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 5:08 am
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