February 9th, 2012
04:06 PM ET

Contraception controversy consumes D.C., campaign

By Alan Silverleib, CNN

Washington (CNN) - Congressional Democrats and Republicans escalated their rhetorical war Thursday over a pending federal rule requiring religiously affiliated employers to provide full contraception coverage to women - one day after hints emerged of a possible compromise between the White House and conservative religious critics.

Numerous rank-and-file Democrats urged the White House not to back away from its support for the rule, while Republicans demanded a full retreat.

"It is time for the extreme right wing to stop playing football with women's health," said Rep. Nita Lowey, D-New York. "My colleagues and I stand in solidarity with American women who have waited decades for equity in contraceptive coverage. We have fought for too long."

"I woke up this morning in the 21st century, not in the Middle Ages," said. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colorado. "Family planning and birth control (are) an essential part of women's health."

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Barack Obama • Belief • Catholic Church • Church and state • Politics

soundoff (158 Responses)
  1. Tray

    Parerea mea? Ca absolutizezi si nu e cazul. Sunt oeanmi cu care te dai cu capul de toti peretii sa faci echipa daca ei nu vor si nu vor, nu o vei putea face. Si punct.

    March 2, 2012 at 8:36 am |
  2. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    February 11, 2012 at 6:32 am |
    • Nope

      *The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs."""""`~~~~

      February 11, 2012 at 10:45 am |
    • nope


      February 11, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
    • Yup



      More desperation from the xitians! LMAO!

      February 13, 2012 at 11:03 am |
  3. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things*

    February 11, 2012 at 6:31 am |
  4. Atheist #1


    February 10, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
    • gene1o

      I believe that DC should have contraceptives in the water of everyone inside the beltway, as well as those in Alexandria, and all secret facilities everywhere – and they should be retroactive.

      February 11, 2012 at 2:00 am |
  5. Greg

    If anyone thinks insurance companies will give you something free, you are really stupid.

    February 10, 2012 at 8:50 pm |
  6. AGuest9

    Sadly, some imaginary being is causing so many problems for our very real country.

    February 10, 2012 at 10:47 am |
    • captain america

      You lying sack of dung, you are not in our country at all you are a butt in canadian and a fraud. At least have the guts to identify yourself with your own country. POS There's your sign

      February 10, 2012 at 10:15 pm |
    • sam

      cap...you're the biggest fucking joke here. I hope a wild roving pack of canadians cornholes you into oblivion in a random alley in your redneck little backwater town someday soon and frees us from your bullshit.

      February 11, 2012 at 1:22 am |
  7. BRC

    "But Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said the issue is about the rights of churches, not women."

    That was from the full article. IT is a perversion of the Consttution, and it is the exact reason why Santorum should not be elected. THE CHURCHES DON'T HAVE RIGHTS. People have rights, PEOPLE. To say that an organization that is outside of our public or our government, that holds beliefs based on NO verifiable proof, that doesn't treat ALL people equally, and that many many citizens DON'T follow or believe in, is MORE important than ANY woman in the United States is the exact opposite of what this country is founded on.

    I don't care what anyone's beliefs are, I don't have to, and noone has to care about mine; but we all have to respect and accept that what other people believe is NOT something we can or should ever control. The law is meant to giev all women the CHOICE to use health care, and ensure they have access to it. That's it, that's all. If the thought that all employers have an equal burden to support individuals making their own choices bothers you because there choices may differ from your beliefs; please, please, actually read the Consttution and realise that your beliefs are not the only way. Or leave, and let this Country TRY to be what it was designed to be.

    February 10, 2012 at 10:07 am |
  8. hippypoet

    any health plan should cover common occurrences....babies are common, perhaps too common. Lets first attempt to correct the way we p@ss information to children in s.ex ed. cl@ss! First off, no plan should be forced to offer anything, but if the plan doesn't offer what you need, get a new one! if you can't afford one – STOP FU.CKING – and use your money alittle wiser. I get the feeling its not the plan but the participant in said plan thats the real issue here!

    February 10, 2012 at 10:02 am |
  9. iamdeadlyserious

    How dare the government tell doctors that they have to provide medical care to people instead of proselytizing?

    Last I checked, a doctor wasn't allowed to refuse treatment to someone just because they disagree with their beliefs. This law isn't changing that.

    February 10, 2012 at 9:55 am |
    • Reality

      Method of contraception is a choice. It is not a treatment.

      February 10, 2012 at 10:04 am |
    • BRC

      A Doctor actually can refuse to perform a procedure they don't agree with (morally opposed, think it's to dangerous, etc.) And you're right, this law isn't changing that. It doesn't make any person do something they don't want to do.

      February 10, 2012 at 10:12 am |
  10. Delli

    "The PIll" is used for MORE than just BIRITH CONTROL. It can be used to help TREAT potentially life-damaging MEDICAL CONDITIONS like PCOS (poly-cystic-ovarian-syndrome), and PRESERVE a young woman's FERTILITY.

    February 10, 2012 at 9:32 am |
    • WASP

      i applaud you; my sister has to take the pill to have a proper menstral cycle, i don't know what would happen if she didn't have it. i say keep their beliefs out of my sisters health, it would make it better for her if it was covered under her medical insurance because it would insure she had it readily availible and cost her very little.

      February 10, 2012 at 9:45 am |
  11. Reality

    One does not need Planned Parenthood to teach our kids about s-ex. Simply read and have your kids read the following:

    WARNING!!! WARNING!!! WARNING!!! ----------->

    The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the Pill ( 8.7% failure rate, one million unplanned pregnancies) and male con-doms (17.4% failure rate, another one million unplanned pregnancies ) have led to the large rate of abortions and S-TDs in the USA. Se-xually active teens, young adults and adults must either recognize their responsibilities by using the Pill or co-ndoms properly and/or use safer methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs.- Failure rate statistics provided by the Gut-tmacher Inst-itute.

    Added information before making your next move:

    from the CDC-2006

    "Se-xually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain a major public health challenge in the United States. While substantial progress has been made in preventing, diagnosing, and treating certain S-TDs in recent years, CDC estimates that approximately 19 million new infections occur each year, almost half of them among young people ages 15 to 24.1 In addition to the physical and psy-ch-ological consequences of S-TDs, these diseases also exact a tremendous economic toll. Direct medical costs as-sociated with STDs in the United States are estimated at up to $14.7 billion annually in 2006 dollars."

    And from:

    Consumer Reports, January, 2012

    "Yes, or-al se-x is se-x, and it can boost cancer risk-

    Here's a crucial message for teens (and all se-xually active "post-teeners": Or-al se-x carries many of the same risks as va-ginal se-x, including human papilloma virus, or HPV. And HPV may now be overtaking tobacco as the leading cause of or-al cancers in America in people under age 50.

    "Adolescents don’t think or-al se-x is something to worry about," said Bonnie Halpern-Felsher professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. "They view it as a way to have intimacy without having 's-ex.'" (i.e. the Bill Clinton Syndrome)

    Obviously, Planned Parenthood, parents and the educational system has failed on many fronts.

    (note: some words hyphenated because of an obvious word filter)

    February 10, 2012 at 7:58 am |
  12. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things!

    February 10, 2012 at 7:49 am |
    • AGuest9

      Can't you go to your imaginary hell for lying?

      February 10, 2012 at 10:49 am |
    • Nope

      ~The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs."""""`

      February 10, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • nope

      nope .

      February 11, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
    • Ivana

      sntimheog about Chuck that I was absolutely not at all threatened or nervous about letting him into my condo. Actually, that says sntimheog about YOU. He was a STRANGER that you met on the internet and had a drink with, ONCE .and you let him into your condo?! Not trying to judge = just trying to show you how overly trusting you are. You are putting yourself in unsafe positions and you dont realize it. Read about boundaries and please be more careful! (No, this is not your mother. Just another former online-dater who is worrying about you

      March 2, 2012 at 3:25 am |
  13. 888


    February 10, 2012 at 6:50 am |
  14. The Central Scrutinizer

    Where did all this white trash come from? In the past you could count on the back and forth bickering of athiests and Christians and Muneef, but now there are, what appears to be, a bunch of 12-year old boys on the blogs. Not my taste! Now I know why Sports Fan left. Although he is pleased that the Lakers beat the Celts!

    February 10, 2012 at 2:26 am |
  15. Flinders, the butler

    Catholics think god is stupid. They think he won't notice if they make a PLAN, take temperatures, make charts, abstain, read about natural family PLANning, take classes on PLANning how NOT to have a child......shhhh, don't tell god.......he won't notice. What a CROCK. What the hell does "giving oneself completely" have to do with having babies anyway ?They are morons, parroting moronic crap. (Then they teach : the crux of a moral act is INTENTION). Idiots.

    February 9, 2012 at 11:46 pm |
    • sam

      Hey, people can justify anything, given enough time and rope.

      February 10, 2012 at 1:08 am |
    • AGuest9

      Ah, but no seed is spilled, thus appeasing the OT yahweh.

      February 10, 2012 at 10:50 am |
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