February 17th, 2012
02:22 PM ET

Contraceptives, religious freedom: Are we in a new culture war?

By Brianna Keilar and Eric Marrapodi, CNN

The White House (CNN) - Welcome to the culture wars 2.0, where the front lines now are religious freedom and contraceptives. Abortion? Gay marriage? Those are so last year.

The White House seems to have assuaged the concerns of liberal and moderate religious voices, particularly Catholics, who complained that the U.S. Health and Human Services mandate on contraceptive coverage violated religious freedom of conscience. The policy now includes a wide exemption for religious groups; requires insurance companies, instead of religious employers, to foot the bill; and still includes a year to hammer out the details.

But now, the issue is firmly entrenched in a political battle on Capitol Hill. Republicans are seizing on the issue as an opportunity to push back on the Affordable Care Act, which they gleefully call "Obamacare." Democrats, meanwhile, are punching back, saying that rolling back the mandate is a slap in the face to women and that this is exclusively a women's health issue.

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

soundoff (156 Responses)
  1. Ms. Trees

    Re: Contraception Issue.
    If the "Church" has a problem with the morality of contraception, they must know that if birth control becomes unavailable to women, then they will be seeking more abortions as a result. The "Church" has always been a male chauvinist organization.
    In the Catholic Church, the priests are allegedly celibate, and clueless. If the "Church" is so concerned, perhaps castrations as a form of birth control, could be considered ?

    February 22, 2012 at 9:07 am |
  2. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things,

    February 19, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
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      February 20, 2012 at 10:04 am |
  3. Keith

    Why doesn't Nancy Pelosi stick to insider trading.

    February 19, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
  4. ohsleepyme

    If you think about it everyone that conceives is guilty of murder.
    You produce a baby who then grows old and dies. You 'sentence' your own offspring to death.
    Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

    February 19, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  5. govspy


    And I don't agree with that either. Basically, a religiously based business can discriminate as long as they say it's based on religion. Some religions don't believe in multi-racial families, are you saying that a church could deny hiring someone because their parents were of two different races, or their spouse is of another race.

    Bigotry when cloaked by religion is still bigotry.

    February 19, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • Reality

      The business cult of Mormonism already restricts their leadership to white males. The RCC (a non-business) restricts their leadership to males i.e. both discriminatory and examples of bigotry but still allowed by the courts.

      Obviously, one needs to take such complaints to the US Supreme Court. One should, however, review their previous rulings before proceeding.

      February 19, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  6. tea party

    I am agnostic will vote for Rom or who ever the republican is ...I am a social liberal...religion has no business in politics

    February 19, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
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