WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says it wants to allay the
concerns of Catholic church-affiliated employers over a new
requirement for them to provide birth control coverage regardless
of their religious beliefs.
Press secretary Jay Carney didn't say how those concerns could
be addressed, though he said there were a lot of ideas for doing
He continued to defend the new policy, while making clear
Tuesday that the White House is looking for a way to calm the
growing election-year firestorm that's erupted since it was
announced late last month.
Carney said President Barack Obama's focus is making sure that
women employed by Catholic church-affiliated employers like
hospitals, colleges or charities are able to get contraception. At
the same time, Carney said Obama wants to respect religious beliefs
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