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February 10th, 2012
11:45 AM ET

Obama announces contraception compromise

By Alan Silverleib, CNN

President Barack Obama announced a compromise Friday in the dispute over whether to require full contraception insurance coverage for female employees at religiously affiliated institutions.

Under the new plan, religiously affiliated universities and hospitals will not be forced to offer contraception coverage to their employees. Insurers will be required, however, to offer complete coverage free of charge to any women who work at such institutions.

Female employees at churches themselves will have no guarantee of any contraception coverage - a continuation of current law.

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. AvdBerg

    98% of all catholic women use some form of contraception. That should have been the end of the debate but obviously not when the media gets involved. It is an issue that is after the wisdom of man and the spirit of this world and not after God (1 Cor. 2:4-6).

    For a better understanding of the history of the Catholic Church and all its deceptions, we invite you to read the articles ‘The Mystery Babylon’ and Popes and the Princes of This World’ listed on our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca

    Since Obama opened Pandora’s Box on this issue, we also invite you to read the article ‘Barack Obama ~ President of the United States of America’.

    All of the other pages and articles listed on our website explain the deep hidden mysteries of God and how and by whom this whole world has been deceived as confirmed in Revelation 12:9.

    The Word of God is God (John1:1), it is truth and there is no lie in it (Hebrews 6:18).

    Seek, and ye shall find (Matthew 7:7).

    http://WWW.AWORLDDECEIVED.CA

    February 11, 2012 at 11:13 am |
    • .....

      CULT ALERT – This is a TROLL on this site, they are only here to peddle their garbage website and book. They are LIARS. Click the report abuse link to get rid of this TROLL!

      February 11, 2012 at 11:20 am |
    • AvdBerg

      ..........

      You don't know what spirit you are of as you are spiritually blind (Luke 9:55).

      For this reason our message remains the same: Ye must repent and turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan (whose spirit you are of) unto God (Acts 26:18).

      You judge after the flesh (John 8:15), the believers judge after the spirit of man. Even though we don't know your name, we know you and what spirit you are of (Luke 9:55).

      He that is spiritual judgeth (discerneth) all things, yet he himself is judged of no man (1 Cor. 2:15).

      Seek, and ye shall find (Matthew 7:7).

      http://WWW.AWORLDDECEIVED.CA

      February 11, 2012 at 11:41 am |
    • .....

      "You don't know what spirit you are of as you are spiritually blind"

      You have NO idea who I am and to take the scriptures out of context and use it in a LIE show you are nothing but a CULT and a LIAR!

      February 13, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
  2. Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer takes people away from actually working on real solutions to their problems.
    Prayer makes you kneel to sicko guys who wear expensive dresses and abuse kids.
    Prayer wears out your clothes prematurely.
    Prayer contributes to global warming through excess CO2 emissions.
    Prayer fucks up your knees and your neck and your back.
    Prayer can cause heart attacks, especially among the elderly.
    Prayer reveals how stupid you are to the world.
    Prayer exposes your backside to pervert priests.
    Prayer makes you think doilies are exciting.
    Prayer makes your kids avoid spending time with you.
    Prayer prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.
    Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just google him to find out.
    Prayer dulls your senses and prevents you from thinking.
    Prayer makes you even more fat than you already were.
    Prayer makes you post really stupid shit.
    Prayer makes you hoard cats.
    Prayer makes you smell like shitty kitty litter and leads you on to harder drugs.
    Prayer wastes time.

    February 11, 2012 at 10:32 am |
  3. markyjoe

    I always thought "health-care" was for the treatment and cure of diseases.And since when did pregnancy become a disease? or abortion a right (rite)?

    February 11, 2012 at 9:59 am |
  4. John Stefanyszyn

    President Obama's Strategy in Gaining "Women's Right" Vote.

    --------------------------–

    The HHS regulation created a controversy in which the Catholic leaders claimed an interference on freedom of religion and conscience.
    ...however statistic showed that the majority of Catholic women do take a contraceptive.

    ...it also created a controversy from women organizations that it was their freedom and right to have access to this coverage.

    Now we see that President Obama has made a compromise because he believes and said that....
    "No woman's health should depend on who she is or where she works,"
    and that Americans would not have to choose between "religious liberty and basic fairness".

    This controversy has stirred up the cry from the Catholic Leaders for freedom of religious rights.
    This controversy has stirred up the cry from women for their rights.
    President Obama believes in the rights of religious liberty.
    President Obama believes in the rights of women.

    President Obama will get the "freedom" vote from the women because he stood up for women's welfare rights.

    President Obama will also get the "Catholic" vote because he made a compromise that respects the right of freedom of religion.

    The Catholic Church may suffer membership loss because of the perception that they were against women's right to contraception.

    Since the President and his counsellors were probably well aware of the loophole which made the compromise possible, why did he not present this alternative at the introduction of the regulation?

    ...because it would not have created the cry for rights, equality, and freedom...the belief that he has advanced and believes in.

    ...glorification of the "god of fortresses" in the place of the One True Creator God, in the place of One True Way of Life, the Christ, Son of God.

    February 11, 2012 at 8:13 am |
  5. PrimeNumber

    Here's another observation for you. When BO is forcing, yes forcing, everyone's secks bill down the church's throat and conscience, that's fine. Not problem. " I party, others pay. Such a deal." But when the church rebels against such force, people not only resent the response of the church, but they magnify it into "THE CHURH IS FORCING IT'S TEACHING ON US. How dare they not pay for my pleasures." Then, such rational people go out and vote.

    February 11, 2012 at 7:31 am |
  6. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things*

    February 11, 2012 at 6:28 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 10:42 am |
    • nope

      nope ,

      February 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  7. PrimeNumber

    This entire issue has one central problem: should Catholics be forced to violate their own consciences by financing the bedroom antics and exploits of others. Only someone whose conscience has been violated can understand this. Obviously, the anti-Christian contingent on his blog has never had to go against a conscience. For one's conscience to be violated, maybe he should actually have one.

    February 10, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      When are you going to figure out that almost EVERY WOMAN IN THIS COUNTRY USES CONTRACEPTION AT SOME POINT IN HER LIFE? Idiot, do you have absolutely no clue?

      February 10, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I wonder, PrimeIdiot, do you EVER have s3x without the intent of procreating? EVER? Or is every s3x act you have one in which you hope desperately to result in a pregnancy? If so, you're likely male and certainly clueless as to the risks of pregnancy and childbirth.

      February 10, 2012 at 10:33 pm |
    • Peter Griffin

      Women and men know full well the consequences of s3x both protected and unprotected. If they acknowledge the risks and do it anyway then that's they're problem NOT the problem of the resulting child. If I decided to jump off of an overpass because I thought it would be fun and end up being crippled should someone else, say taxpayer for example, pay for my actions?

      February 11, 2012 at 1:51 am |
    • PrimeNumber

      @ Tom Tom Here's a polite nod to your "Primeidiot" monicker. Yes I am male. I took care of my spouse during the time she was carring our four children, three of them daughters. I stand in awe of my spouse. But millions of women have given birth to children. THis may be hard for you to read, but the job ain't finished when the baby's born. My spouse carried each child for nine months. I've been carrying them for over twenty-five years financially, emotionally, physically. And since most of my family is female, and I have been heavily involved with them well beyond the nine months, I know more about the process than you do.

      February 11, 2012 at 7:41 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Dolt, I'm female. You are absurdly claiming that your body was used to incubate another life. You did not bear the risks to your life or health that your wife did. NO MALE DOES, and until you figure that out and acknowledge that women have a right to control their reproductive lives, you're living in a fantasy world. Grow up.

      February 11, 2012 at 11:52 am |
    • Nope

      Too bad Tom, Tom's parents didn't use contraception more effectively. Should have warned them about reusing rubbers so many times.

      February 11, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Too bad you're a troll. Then again, you have very limited career options, being a moron and all.

      February 11, 2012 at 10:26 pm |
  8. Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer takes people away from actually working on real solutions to their problems.
    Prayer wears out your clothes prematurely.
    Prayer contributes to global warming through excess CO2 emissions.
    Prayer fucks up your knees and your neck and your back.
    Prayer can cause heart attacks, especially among the elderly.
    Prayer reveals how stupid you are to the world.
    Prayer exposes your backside to pervert priests.
    Prayer makes you think doilies are exciting.
    Prayer makes your kids avoid spending time with you.
    Prayer prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.
    Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just google him to find out.
    Prayer dulls your senses.
    Prayer makes you post really stupid shit.
    Prayer makes you hoard cats.
    Prayer makes you smell like shitty kitty litter and leads you on to harder drugs.
    Prayer wastes time.

    February 10, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  9. The Phist

    He also compromised on being a man. Nutless jerk-off.

    February 10, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  10. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things-

    February 10, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
    • 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 5:21 pm |
    • nope

      nope,

      February 10, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
    • Yup

      "nope

      nope,"

      What an idiot. LMAO

      February 10, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
    • Peter Griffin

      @ Nope

      Is there any particular reason you have 5 quotation marks and the end of your presumptuously quoted statement? I'm not judging you but it just seems odd one would do so.

      February 11, 2012 at 1:54 am |
  11. Reality

    Only for the newbies:

    Contraception should mean complete protection from getting pregnant and from contracting a S-TD. Unfortunately this is not happening . And why is that?

    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.

    from the CDC-2006 with some health and economic eye openers:

    "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 3:21 pm |
    • ......

      hit report abuse on all reality garbage

      February 10, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
    • Sports fan is an idiot

      @......

      Reality made a good point and because it may contradict what you feel/believe (not necessarily what is real) you decide to report him for abuse?!!? Reporting people for abuse is a serious matter for serious situations. Reality has offended no one and you are just mad that you can't defend against the arguments made here. I am so deeply embarrassed of my generation. It truly is apauling how uneducated most of us are.

      February 11, 2012 at 2:00 am |
  12. AngryMobVoter

    Do you mean the greatest minds in the Obama Administration came up with this thinly disguised campaign stunt and called it a plan to "accommodate" religious groups? Obama is an embarrassment. Obama is all about intruding in to the private lives and religious freedom of the American people. He is the enemy of individual freedom and the American Dream. If we do not vote this guy out of office we have only ourselves to blame.

    Using Obama's logic, I expect my insurance to pay the additional cost for me to buy healthy food and eat out healthy. While they are at it, they can pay for my gym membership. Those two things are much more preventative than contraceptives.

    "The coverage is provided at a low cost, as the insurer saves money by offering the coverage by reducing pregnancies"

    I'll bet the Catholics liked hearing that!!!

    February 10, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      You are really idiotic. Do you think the Catholics, Evangelicals, and Fundamentalists want to let you live the way you want to live? Do you think they will strive to treat everyone equally no matter their religion, age, gender, or se.xual orientation? You need a reality check man. Get off your little cloud of anti-Obama at all costs. You make yourself look ridiculous.

      February 10, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  13. Nii Croffie

    No all they are saying is control overpopulation but don't use our hatchet to kill your snakes. Overpopulation is not even a problem yet. Just check your educational policy. If the US was exporting scientists, docs and engineers instead of importing them the world will be a better place 4 us all.

    February 10, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  14. That was Rational and Reasonable

    What a relief! Phew!

    February 10, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
    • Nii Croffie

      Obama says he believes in God's commandment to love your neighbor as yourself and he proves it day by day. One of the most rational and intelligent Presidents I know.

      February 10, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
    • Nii Croffie

      I wish more Christians, believers and atheists not forgetting agnostics and ignostics will learn to obey this simple Holy Commandment. It only matures you and can never harm you.

      February 10, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
  15. Nii Croffie

    I said it atheists pray to milk jugs! lol

    February 10, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
    • not that fred

      i love me some jugs of milk

      February 10, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
  16. janice

    I'd like to teach the world to pray
    In perfect harmony
    On bended knee
    Beneath a tree
    And life can be so free

    February 10, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • jimtanker

      Prayer does nothing. Pray to that milk jug in your fridge and you will get the same results.

      February 10, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
    • Nii Croffie

      Put jiimtanker on your prayer list Janice. He is veery much in need of it. Jiim it will be ok. We love u as ourselves n God does too.

      February 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      Freedom is the ability to live your life without the fear of retribution.
      Freedom is living your life well for the purpose of strengthening your community, and your place in it.
      Freedom is learning morality based, not on religion, but on pure common sense.

      February 10, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
    • janice

      freedoms just another word for nothing left to lose

      February 10, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  17. Anna

    Are those religiously affiliated universities and hospitals receiving any sort of public funding? If so, they need to comply with the government regulations. I don't want my tax dollars funding pregnancies any more than pro-lifers want theirs funding abortion. Overpopulation is the number 1 environmental issue facing our world today and we want to make it more difficult for women to obtain birth control?! Yeah, we're the educated, civilized country. Good lord.

    February 10, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • Sports fan is an idiot

      So since the environment isn't exactly in it's best state (this is based on 150 years of data by the way) you are going to kill off an immense amount of babies.
      Great plan. In fact, while we're at it we should kill all old people because we don't want to pay for them. We should kill people with children and kill their children too because a species existing is a terrible thing. Maybe we should go out in the desert and hint the primitive African people! Oh and let's nuke Iran because they're not very nice to us. You know Canada has a lot of land we should send them all to concentration camps an move in there. Those mexicans have too many people though we'll wipe them out and take their place too.

      February 11, 2012 at 2:10 am |
    • Sports fan is an idiot

      Sorry, I meant to say hunt Africans.

      February 11, 2012 at 2:11 am |
  18. J.W

    I don't think he should completely reverse the decision. However as long as equal coverage is available for those who want it that is the most important thing.

    February 10, 2012 at 11:59 am |
    • BRC

      I agree the coverage is the important thing, and if they already had a GOOD plan to back up the change, I would feel better about this (but they don't).

      The thing that gets me is that they caved on an issue when they shouldn't just to make a faction happy. THis was not a First Amendment issue, many people saw and realized that, the law backs it up, and you would hope that the Government would understand and enforce it as such; but instead, they listen to to false claims of "infringing on rights" , and they allow public policy to be manipulated by a religious group, for no other reason then because they don't want to play along.

      No Jane, you can't have equal coverage because you're employer HUA Inc. disagrees with the law, also, you're not allowed to drive, because you employer doesn't believe women should be allowed to, and we feel their opinions are more important than protecting the rights and protections of US citizens (I'm not saying the church intentionally discriminates against women, I've giving a summation of what this issue really says). THAT is what we've allowed to happen by backing down. If one group can get out of this law because they "don't agree with it", why does anyone else have to follow laws THEY don't agree with?

      February 10, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
    • BRC

      @JW,
      Also, sorry about being dismissive of your remarks on teh marriage article yesterday. I missread adn thought the Washington law was BANNING the marriages, not allowing them. THat's why I thought you were being sarcastic. Hate it when I do that.

      February 10, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
    • Anna

      "If one group can get out of this law because they "don't agree with it", why does anyone else have to follow laws THEY don't agree with?" Exactly BRC. Well said.

      February 10, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
    • J.W

      LOL yeah BRC I was confused I thought that maybe you had read it that way. Because your response made it sound like you were against them legalizing gay marriage. I was thinking maybe a troll had stolen your name lol.

      February 10, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
    • J.W

      Yeah I agree BRC. It would be nice if they at least had to offer a plan to the employees that want it. I guess I will wait and see exactly what they say about it. But one example of what you are talking about is many people are not in favor of military actions we have taken in other countries, but their tax dollars still go to fund it. Personally, one of the main parts of my religion is pacifism, but I can't do anything about my tax dollars going to fund the military.

      February 10, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
    • BRC

      @JW,
      Yeah, the military spending thing gets tricky. One of the Main (some could even say few) jobs that the Federal Governmnet is supposed to do according to the Consttution is to defend our nation from foreign threats. That means the Government runs the military, and they can make the case that there are times when due to intelligence gathering and the complexity of wglobal threats and world politics, they MUST take action regardless of the general public's opinion, because those actions are in the best interest of the Nation. Pacifism is a nable mindset, but it doesn't go over so well if the Nation is invaded by a warring state.

      BUT, that is all hypothetical, it's why the Government could potentially use tax dollars to pay for war regarless of what the people say, because the core duty is to keep those people safe. The reality of what goes on today is far less clean, and I would agree that the Government should be paying more attention to the public outcry against military action; because some of the things we're fighting for don't seem to be about protection, they seem to be political, or financial, and that does not seem to line up with the intention of the Framers (or the will of the people now).

      February 10, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • fred

      BRC
      The Bible says holiness and purity is what God desires as a natural outflowing of becoming like Christ which is the goal in your journey. The party of Obama promotes safe $ex which is not true because now they provide abortions, condoms and birth control to children without parental consent. Who has really taken away freedom in America? Not Christ because in him and through him is total freedom. In this specific example; freedom from unwanted pregnancy, STD’s, social stigma, abortion and lifetime consequence is achieved in holiness. Under party of Obama it is the opposite as now as our young are victimized, riddled with life- long disease and guilt of abortion.

      February 10, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
    • BRC

      @Fred,
      Your beliefs in the truth of the Bible are good for you, and I hope they bring you comfort; but the simple fact is, unless you can prove that EVERY single citizen in the US believes it is true, and WANTS to be governed by the Bible, it can't be a part of the laws of this nation. THAT is how religious freedom works.

      February 10, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
    • not that fred

      @Fred
      If kids want to have sex (and they do), they’re going to do it regardless of what their parents/preachers/peers/whatever tells them. You need to understand that. All the prayer in world won't change it or undo the harm a teenage pregnancy can bring on to all involved.

      February 10, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  19. BRC

    One step forward, two steps back. I recommend imposing one term limits on ALL elected officials, so that people grow a spine, and do what's right, not what might get them elected.

    February 10, 2012 at 11:58 am |
    • J.W

      I am hoping he does not completely cave in. I don't think it is bad that they work together to form a compromise. I just hope he does not take away the right of equal coverage just to promote the beliefs of one group.

      February 10, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
  20. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    February 10, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • Deuteronomy

      seriously dude. just fuck off already.

      February 10, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • bringoutyourdead

      demon turns to vulgarity in a paralyzing fear of prayer

      February 10, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
    • 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 2:07 pm |
    • Nope

      "demon turns to vulgarity in a paralyzing fear of prayer"

      Christians lie in desperation.

      February 10, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • nope

      nope

      February 10, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
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