Obama Defends Birth Control Mandate in Health Care Law

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
President Barack Obama says he has tried to accommodate religious objections to the requirement that employers provide insurance coverage for birth control.

President Barack Obama greets supporters at a campaign event at the University of Colorado Auraria Events Center, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, in Aurora, Colo. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

DENVER (AP) - President Barack Obama says he has tried to accommodate religious objections to the requirement that employers provide insurance coverage for birth control.

Speaking to thousands of women at a campaign event in Denver, Obama defended the controversial mandate in the health care law.

He said, "We recognize that many people have strongly held religious views on contraception, which is why we made sure churches and other houses of worship - they don't have to provide it, they don't have to pay for it."

Plaintiffs in dozens of lawsuits call that exemption too narrow and arbitrary.

Obama also told the crowd that his administration "worked with the Catholic hospitals and universities to find a solution that protects both religious liberty and a woman's health."

But opponents of the mandate say the president's proposed accommodation is inadequate, and note that the law remains unchanged.


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