Religious exemptions grow in contraception mandate
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says "the president's policy respects religious liberty."
March 16th, 2012
08:00 PM ET

Religious exemptions grow in contraception mandate

By Eric Marrapodi and Jessica Yellin, CNN

Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration announced late Friday two new steps in a controversial contraception mandate.

In an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking posted in the Federal Register, the administration offered several policy suggestions that would require the administrator of the insurance policy, not the religious institution or the insurer, to pay for contraception coverage.

The Obama administration also announced a new final rule on student health plans that effectively applies the contraception accommodation to religiously affiliated universities. This means students at religious universities that have moral objections can get contraception for free through their insurance providers. Schools have a one-year grace period before complying.

For religious institutions that provide their own insurance, the mandate opened the door to Americans to "formally comment on ideas for implementing this policy."

Sandra Fluke, the student who was at the center of a firestorm over contraception rules at her religious university, applauded the decision, saying in a statement, "I am very pleased that under these policies all women, regardless of what school they attend or where they work, will soon have affordable access to contraception."

The original mandate, enforcing part of the Affordable Care Act, included that insurers must provide, at no cost, all FDA-approved forms of contraception. Houses of worship have been exempted from the start, but now the administration is widening those exemptions to include other religiously affiliated groups.

Religious groups across a wide spectrum denounced the mandate, saying it infringed on their religious liberty. Most vocal was the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

"The bishops will begin analyzing it immediately, but now is too early to know what it says," said Sister Mary Ann Walsh, a spokeswoman with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

"I'm surprised such important information would be announced late Friday on St. Patrick's Day weekend as we prepare for the fourth Sunday of Lent," she added.

The new regulation prohibits lifetime limits on contraception and covers preventive services without cost-sharing for students on a college or university health plan. The new rule outlines that religious colleges and universities will not have to "pay, arrange, or refer" contraceptives for students, according to a statement from the Department of Health and Human Services.

"The president's policy respects religious liberty and makes free preventive services available to women," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in the statement. "Today's announcement is the next step toward fulfilling that commitment."

The White House held a Friday afternoon conference call with stakeholders outlining the new plan, according to a Democratic activist who participated in the call but was not authorized to speak on the record about it.

Joshua DuBois, the director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, led the call, and Catholic health care and advocacy groups joined, the source said.

The extension of the religious exemption to colleges had been a major point of contention for many religious institutions.

"This is something the bishops should be happy about," said Steve Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America.

"I think the take-away from this is, it's clear the administration is serious about its efforts to address the concerns of the Catholic bishops and others as it relates to the insurance mandate."

In an effort to address concerns of religious groups that self-insure, the new rules suggest creating "an exemption for group health plans established or maintained by certain religious employers."

The policy continued with a suggested four-part definition of who might qualify. It says the group must have religious values as its purpose, primarily employ people who share those religious beliefs, primarily serve persons who share those beliefs and be a nonprofit organization.

When the preliminary rule for the contraception mandate was released last year, it had a different four-point definition for a religious organization. Religious colleges and charities were all but written out of the definition, so they would not be included in the exemption.

According to the source, the administration said it does not want the new definition used as a precedent for future policies and regulation, the source said.

"It should ameliorate some of their concerns," Schneck said of the bishops.

Earlier this week, the U.S. Conference of Bishops said in a statement that the fight over the contraception mandate was strictly a religious liberty issue.

"One particular religious freedom issue demands our immediate attention: the now-finalized rule of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that would force virtually all private health plans nationwide to provide coverage of sterilization and contraception-including abortifacient drugs-subject to an exemption for 'religious employers' that is arbitrarily narrow, and to an unspecified and dubious future 'accommodation' for other religious organizations that are denied the exemption," the statement read.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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soundoff (695 Responses)
  1. Ronnie Harper

    '"I'm surprised such important information would be announced late Friday on St. Patrick's Day weekend as we prepare for the fourth Sunday of Lent," she added.'

    How unbelievably ridiculous is that? She isn't surprised at all, a blatant lie, and what is lent? Who gives a crp about religion? Fools.

    Americans, write your Senators and DEMAND that these charlatan organizations pay taxes like every other business in this country. It's stupifying to see them make billions of dollars in tax-free earnings every year, and fighting-words to hear them lobby our public servants with those very funds. What is this, 1540?

    March 16, 2012 at 9:16 pm |
  2. organically

    Embryonic stem cell research has the potential to save millions of lives, but this is being prevented by religious radicals and therefore religion is detrimental to the preservation of life. Religion has been the greatest cause of war and conflict throughout human history.

    March 16, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
    • Ronnie Harper

      Religion is a pox on humanity. It's a disease of the mind.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
  3. YaWimp

    I hope this compromise finally puts this issue to rest. For crying out loud, every religion on earth has to be satisfied by now. Let's finish this and move on.

    March 16, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
  4. Ed Zachary

    There was a time when Catholic families were expected to have big families, and give one to the priesthood and one to the convent. Widespread use of birth control by rank and file Catholics has dried up the supply of young priests and nuns, so it's no surprise that the Bishops want to squash birth control. Nuns cost a lot less to teach at Catholic schools than more highly qualified lay teachers.

    March 16, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
    • Charles W. Skinner

      Wow. Dismissive AND condescending. Perhaps you would like to try to insult another religious position as well?

      March 16, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
  5. Beth

    Very disappointed they are making any concessions at all.

    March 16, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
    • jamesKs

      So am I.

      March 17, 2012 at 12:20 am |
  6. ClearAndPresentThinking

    TRANSLATION: Healthcare is between patient and doctor. If insurance exist, it is for the benefit of the patient (and doctor). Employers, churches, organizations, relatives, bystanders, politicians, loudmouth AM talk radio weirdos, and other associated whiners. have no business in the doctor-patient relationship. (Some parents may have some say in case of minors as long as the parents behave themselves.) The more the complainers rant, the more rules will be written to address those interferences.

    March 16, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
  7. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    March 16, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
    • Ah....wait just a second

      Prayer changes dirty diapers.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
    • dsavio

      Name ONE thing prayer changes. ONE.

      I'll save you the trouble: you can't, because prayer does NOTHING.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
    • mrMazury

      oh poo. now you tell me!

      March 16, 2012 at 9:16 pm |
    • Cedar rapids

      like rain dances change the weather

      March 16, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
  8. FloridaRes

    Women of my generation fought long and hard for the rights the GOP (my former party) want to take away now. I am appalled and angry.

    March 16, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
    • Casey

      Ummmmm.... what exactly are you talking about? What rights is the GOP taking away? You want to work at a Church and be able to thumb your nose at the Church's beliefs and teachings? I suspect you don't work at the Church, so you can get all the free taxpayer funded birth control pills you want. At least until the Government goes bankrupt in a year or two.... but ... keep blaming the GOP. At least you'll feel better about yourself.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
  9. knowledge before action

    Almost forgot.... Tax churches – YES!
    They are businesses and should be treated as such.
    I understand that there was a time when they struggled, but that has long passed.

    March 16, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
    • b4bigbang

      Knowledge before action, here's some knowledge for ya before taking action. If churches are taxed, then they'll have the right to official political input (remember the "taxation w/out representation is tyranny" motto that led the colonies into the American revolution?).

      Don't think you want that – nah, didn't think so....

      March 16, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
    • Elizabeth

      Churches still provide social services for free, a gathering place for people, and much more at a much lower cost than any government-sponsored "sliding scale" services, as well as raising charity. They pay already much more than taxes, and they do pay taxes on any printed materials they sell. However, I do believe that churches should not be allowed to delve into private medical care. Hormones (don't just call them contraceptives) support a woman's ability to have children if she has endometriosis. It is very disturbing that this 1950s style argument exists at all. Most women do not want to discuss reproductive organs in public, so those whiners who are against hormone treatments will always be louder. The bishops don't have this problem; it's time that they took some responsibility for their people, as they are supposed to be pastors, or shepherds of them, and they are supposed to serve them, towel in hand.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
    • Give unto Ceasar

      Give unto Caesar what is Caesars, give unto God , what is God's.............With those words Christ told you all to shut -up, pay your taxes and keep your business separate from your worship....Jesus kicked the moneychangers and the politicians out of Temple because they were bringing their nefarious dealings into the house of God.....They had Pilot kill him.....WHY ON EARTH WOULD REAL CHRISTIANS HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE SAME TYPES OF PEOPLE THAT HAD JESUS KILLED? One thing I will say about most Muslims, they wouldn't be caught dead climbing into bed with Mohamed's murderers(same types) nor ignore his teachings so blatantly.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
    • At B4BBang

      That's the whole point....These churches are funding the uprising of the American Taliban....Give em a choice...Put up or shut up.......They already stepped in puckey....Obama lawyered them....He got ten states to file suit over this contraception thing and admit that there is a Seperation of Church and State....They are trying to hide behind it now....

      March 16, 2012 at 9:28 pm |
    • SPA Knight

      Give Unto Caesar – You misunderstand the actions of Jesus in scriptures. Was he truly upset that many were exchanging their Roman money for animal sacrifices and profitting? No doubt he was but more importantly he was making a statement that animal sacrifices would no longer be necessary because he was about to become the sacrificial lamb for everyone's atonement of sins. This is why he said, tear down this temple and I will rebuild it in three days. The temple was his body, not the Jewish temple. He was a radical but everything Jesus did was for a purpose and that purpose was greater than reprimanding a few that were profiting from religious necessities? That would be like no different than those who sell religious artifacts for profit today. Is that what it's really about?

      March 19, 2012 at 11:17 am |
  10. WDinDallas

    Most women in law school are covered under their parents insurance or can get it for free at a local PP or other clinic. This is just secular politics. In Ms. Fluke's case, she is 30, her coverage has expired under her parents insurance. Maybe she should stop worrying about where she get contraceptives and get a degree!

    March 16, 2012 at 8:50 pm |
    • Laura

      Um, no. As a law student, I pay $2,000 per year for health insurance, and it only covers basic checkups in full. Beyond that, you are sent off-campus, and coverage is only 80% up to some ridiculously low number that I've forgotten.
      I just hope I don't get seriously ill while in school because I can't afford it. Even with insurance.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
    • Elizabeth

      She testified for women who have cysts on their ovaries, which can happen at age 18 or younger, and which are treated with hormones. She spoke up because many other women do not like to talk about their reproductive organs, and Rush Limpblah proved why. Many women need these hormones so that ovaries and tubes are not destroyed, so that they can have children in the future.
      If you expect women to stop going to college so they can marry young and start having children as soon as possible before their ovaries can't do that anymore, then men, step up and work two or three jobs to support your family so that your wife doesn't need a degree! Most banks won't give a loan to a couple where both aren't working at a college-educated professional level. But I am not against education for women; societies in third world countries where women and girls marry young are the most impoverished, uneducated, countries, with children that are cared for by nobody. You know that, don't you, as you take up collections for problem societies in Africa and Asia.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
    • Logic Wins

      Secular politics. Yup. Exactly what it should be. Secular! NO RELIGIOUS BELIEFS BELONG IN POLITICS!!!

      March 16, 2012 at 9:24 pm |
    • Rob

      Why are you paying $2000 annually for basic checkups. You are either lying or stupid.

      March 16, 2012 at 11:10 pm |
    • SPA Knight

      Elizabeth – So what you are saying is that if we don't all agree to pay for a young woman's contraception, then the entire future of the planet is going to be bleak? Are there other forms of hormones that a woman can take other than the pill? Perhaps ones that don't cause breast cancer.

      March 19, 2012 at 11:48 am |
  11. VRage13

    Did anyone else notice that this the presidents'policy? How many times in the article did it say "the policy" or "the prsident's policy" or any other such term? Let me explain what the term means....King B Hussien of the United Socialist States of America (USSA) is forcing his will on the people in the same manner as all previous dictatorships.

    I don't have any issue with BC. What I do have issues with is forcing people or organizations to violate thier core beliefs to provide BC to others. That alone is a foul. I also have issue that the day after Plan B abortion pill is included in this plan. Again forcing people to help others do something that violates a person or orgs core belief. Lastly, I have issue with King B Hussein sitting on top of the world mandating his think-so's on everyone.

    Ladies, if the insurance plan your work/school provide includes BC and the next day Plan B abortion pill, great. If it doesn't yet you want those things, then you have choices. Change jobs/schools. Buy a policy addendum to include those things for you with the same insurance company your work/school uses.

    March 16, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
    • Reality Check

      So if I have a core belief against war, the government shouldn't force me to pay taxes since a portion of it will go toward paying for war?

      March 16, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
    • VRage13

      RealityCheck....Everyone is against war. Even me and I spent 26 years in the military. The two cannot be compared in the manner you are trying. King B Hussein is forcing people to spend their money to buy someting for someone else that puts them at odds with thier core beliefs. Financing the national defence is taken from federal funds not private.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
    • Charles W. Skinner

      Nice try, realitycheck, but no Cigar. No. National Security is an ENUMERATED POWER in the Consitution. Birth Control (or even Health Care in general) is NOT.

      So is the concept that "CONGRESS shall make no law regarding an establishment of religion...." If that means that religion can be banned from the Courthouse, that ALSO means that it is BARRED from being forced upon an individual.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:08 pm |
    • jcschratz

      So, VRage, do you also have a problem with the fact that most insurance policies (and therefore, churches, etc) cover Viagra? Why should Viagra be covered, but birth control not?

      March 16, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
    • SurRy

      My tax dollars go to wars I don't believe in. My tax dollars go to schools while I have not children. What if I didn't believe in vaccines and owned a business? Could I get an exemption so vaccines aren't covered by my health plan? What is wrong with everyone? It is a legal prescription and part of a benefits package.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
    • VRage13

      jc.....you can get insurance of almost anything and I really don't care what people get insurance for. The issue is the mandates to force people to spend thier personal private monies on something that violates their core beliefs. There is an old saying that the gov't should stay out of religion and the bedroom. King B Hussein isn't staying out, he is forcing his dictatorship ideals into both arenas.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
    • MomMovesALot

      If an employer wants to offer limited coverage that is their prerogative (even if I think contraception should be part of it) but when you start offering up the argument that it is a form of religious expression to not have to offer it then you start treading (in my mind) into dangerous territory. Especially when those, supposed, religious expressions aren't evenly distributed to medications other than BC. It seem like a thinly veiled attempt at legislating morality through health insurance.

      Exemptions have been made for churches and other affiliates. When those same "religious protections" begin to bleed over to ANY employer then I start to take exception. (A la AZ)

      March 16, 2012 at 9:35 pm |
    • Kristine, Michigan

      You actually sound like you need to go talk to a shrink.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:54 pm |
    • VRage13

      MomMoves....I see and understand your point. If I owned a business, I would NOT offer this BC clause as written. I have no problem with BC but I do have a problem with the morning after Plan B abortion pill being included in it. But the fact remains, King B Hussein is trying to force people to violate their personal freedoms and core beliefs to purchase something for someone else which also violates thier core beliefs. I would not call myself a religious zealot but I do have a strong moral code with is my own. If a woman wants to use the Plan B or get an abortion, that is her choice however, I should not be tasked to pay for it in any way shape form or fashion.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
    • Tyler

      VRage13, This isn't the churches money they're fighting over, it's the employee's money. An employees benefits package is viewed as a form of income, therefore the insurance provided to them should serve them, not their employer. Also, stop saying King B Hussein. It makes you sound like an imbecile.

      March 17, 2012 at 1:41 am |
  12. shut_up


    March 16, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
  13. Jon

    I'm surprised that Sister Mary Ann Walsh thinks the White House should be planning around her religious calendar.

    March 16, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
    • TC

      I was too actually. Lent is a big deal but White House decision making is a Mon – Fri job vice federal holidays.

      March 16, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
  14. Jinx

    I don't get it man! This birth control pill is drawing so much debate and controversy on whether insurance have to cover it or not. On the other end Vasectomy is fully covered and nobody has any issues including religious leaders. Biology is easy for me to comprehend, but politics is too complex for my brain.

    March 16, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
  15. Catherine

    It has always amazed me how a group of CELIBATE people want to poke their noses into other people's private lives. Seriously.

    March 16, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
    • shut_up


      March 16, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
    • Yep

      Tell these people not to goto religious organizations for learning / working if they have an issue with it. They can FREELY choose to go elsewhere. Hypocrite.

      March 16, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
    • TC

      You have to very educated in the Catholic doctrime to understadn why and this is neither the time or the place to try and convey it.

      March 16, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
    • Bobs Friend

      It's fairly routine for human beings to "Stick their noses in" when one human being kills another, and in fact, many people in the world applaud such efforts and call such people "heros"

      March 16, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
    • What ACrock!

      What an ineffectual spiteful statement!
      If you read the article – and understand the written word – you'll see that the exemptions have been extended to all religions and THEIR Leaders and clergymen AREN'T required to be celibate! Stupid woman.

      March 16, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
    • Ah....wait just a second

      The bishops weren't celibate, and NOW you're telling us they didn't have to be. That takes all the fun out of it.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
  16. svann

    Only the church itself should be getting exemptions. If they want to start a side business they should play by the same rules as other businesses.

    March 16, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
    • WDinDallas

      yeaa, why is the school offering insurance to students anyway.

      March 16, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
  17. FactChecker

    less contraception = more underage pregnancy

    March 16, 2012 at 8:34 pm |
    • everymom

      ...and more people to give money to the church. They are not protecting unborn lives as much as future donors.

      March 16, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
  18. TC

    As long as the religious organization is not paying for it, this should be a dead issue. I don't understand the continual hang up.

    March 16, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
    • woohoo

      Forcing private insurance companies to give out a product for free is the hang up.

      March 16, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
    • dyfts

      I didn't understand it either until I talked to someone who is adamant that no insurance company, employer, etc, cover birth control. He argument was that we should make it as hard as possible for people to be immoral. When I asked about women who where married or who were taking birth control for medial reasons she flipped out and started ranting about how liberals are turning us into a socialist country and there will be no money left for anyone in 10 years. Then I realized that all these people are just loony and there is no reasoning with them.

      March 16, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
    • TC

      True- good point. Maybe people should just pay for it out of pocket like most other things. Employers are not even required ot provide insurance, just most with strong company ethics do.

      March 16, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
    • svann

      @woohoo no one said free. quit lying.

      March 16, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
    • brainjohnson2011

      People- No one is banning birth control. Some religous organizations don't want to pay for it on religous grounds (i.e. they have too much love to disrespect human live). I know this website hates religion, but the problem is Obama is trampling freedom and forcing his own religous beliefs down everyones throat. Stop intentionally not understanding this issue. Show some love and respect for your fellow U.S. Citizens. This is America, and no matter what you say, BHO cannot take freedom away from the people.

      March 16, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
    • Beth

      Not really woowho. Birth control saves insurance companies loads of money. Birth control is a LOT cheaper than prenatal appointments, birth in a hospital, C sections, visits for all those children to see doctors once they are born, etc.

      March 16, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
    • VRage13

      The hang up is King B Hussein is trying to force people and orgs to provide BC and next day Plan B abortion pill to other in violation of thier core beliefs. In this case, the Catholic Church is leading the counter-attack. It is about people's freedom and rights to decide for themselves what they are or aren't willing to pay for.

      March 16, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
    • What ACrock!

      dyfts – Why ask the question about contaceptive pills for health reasons.?...........Catholics have NEVER been told not to take it for VALID health reasons. So your question wasn't sensible OR relevant – no wonder she flipped!

      March 16, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
    • woohoo

      @ svann: "This means students at religious universities that have moral objections can get contraception for free through their insurance providers." free = free. I wish I could get my bc for free. Maybe I'll just go work for a Catholic organization.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
  19. Ituri

    Bunch of zealots trying to control women who aren't even in their religion. Disgusting. Even more disgusting that our government makes concessions to them at all. Our national law and platform should not be a hostage any special interest group should be able to interfere with on such a scale.

    March 16, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
    • TC

      The entire government elected is beholden to special interests – why do you think this country is so messed up. But dont blame churches – they are not lining the pockets of the corrupt crimnal elect.

      March 16, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
    • Bobs Friend

      "specials interests" is just another way of saying "Citizens groups" who get together, pool their money and advocate for their beliefs. It's not a bad thing it's a good thing and it's called "freedom of assembly"

      March 16, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
    • What ACrock!

      There is NOTHING more controlling than denying life to a child by Abortion! Talk about selective moral values? Bunch of hypocrites.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      @What ACrock!

      I agree, and when the medical community clarifies when a fetus is given the classification of human being, then we will have a true cut off point for abortions.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
  20. Hawaii

    More dysfunctional gov't and oppressing women.
    Religions need to start paying property taxes, like any other money making business.
    What happens between a Doctor and Patient is PRIVATE. Not all birth control scripts are for pregnancy prevention, and this is No One's business -really either way.

    March 16, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
    • knowledge before action

      You stated it all so sanely.
      This country was founded on religious freedom – period.

      Why is our government is pandering to religious figureheads when the majority of their members are use some form of birth control?!
      "After the ** child I had a long talk with the church" is a phrase I have heard over and over again... Catholics, Mormans, Baptists, Evangelicals, and the list goes on.

      I'm confused... when the majority of the population take some form of control over their own reproduction, why are the "polls" showing the opposite opinion?!
      Is everyone so afraid to speak about their reality or what?
      Or is it more about judging others while not looking at oneself.

      I fear the direction our country is headed.
      We talk about "extremists", but they always are in another country.
      Wake-up America they are HERE!

      Our founding fathers and mothers would be so dismayed.

      March 16, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
    • mommyof5

      My body, my health and my decision. If I need to use BC for that purpose or for health reasons then I will do it. I do not need anyone's permission to do so. One problem is that it should not be called birth control due to the fact it is used for many other reasons. YES i am aware the main use for it................. I do have 5 kids and will not be having more, but give it credit for the health benifits it provides just like any other prescription covered by health insurance.

      March 16, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
    • msmith

      Pardon me, Hawaii......... aren't you forgetting a third Party here?. the doctor, the woman and GOD. Stupid.

      March 16, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
    • What ACrock!

      CONTROLLING WOMEN !!!!!!! Pffftt !.
      The Catholic Church can't STOP women from using contraception and they'are wise and realistic enough to know it. But they have the RIGHT not to pay for it for those women if it's against the religion.

      Let them buy their own! Or are they so used to Liberal handouts the thought of BUYING them sends them into a clinical depression???????

      March 16, 2012 at 9:05 pm |
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