Catholic Bishops Reject White House’s New Proposal on Contraceptive Coverage

The new proposal, announced last week, was formulated in response to resistance from some religious organizations, including colleges, that object to making contraceptive coverage available, even if the employer is not required to pay for the coverage. In a statement released on Thursday, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said the new proposal did not go far enough.

The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops on Thursday rejected the latest White House proposal on health insurance coverage of contraceptives, saying it did not provide sufficient safeguards for religious hospitals, colleges and charities that objected to such coverage. The bishops said they would continue fighting the federal mandate in court.

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