When religious institutions (not churches) such as hospitals and schools were required to provide free contraceptives in their health care plans, the Catholic Church and a number of fundamentalist Christian groups objected, saying that they should not be forced to buy something that violates their theology. This, they said, was a violation of religious freedoms guaranteed in the constitution.
Not all employees of religious charities or organizations subscribe to the faith of their employers.
On February 11, President Obama announced a compromise whereby the institutions would not directly provide contraceptives to their employees, but the insurance companies themselves would directly provide birth control to the employees who request it.
This compromise has not been good enough for religious groups that claim that their religious liberties continue to be infringed upon. Priests for Life called the compromise "an abomination." Last week, a House oversight committee held the first of its hearings on whether the compromise violated religious freedoms and, in its first panel, heard an all-male slate of witnesses who represented religious groups. The next panel will reportedly include two female witnesses.
Regardless of whether you think the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148) (called "Obamacare" by those opposed to it) is right or wrong, and assuming that it will become the law of the land, do you think that the president's compromise violates religious freedom?
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Does President Obama's compromise that insurance companies directly provide birth control to employees of religious organizations violate religious freedom?
- No. (89%, 34 Votes)
- Yes. (11%, 4 Votes)
- Not sure. (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 38