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A question of conscience

Religion | As the White House reconsiders forcing religious groups to offer coverage for contraception and abortion, the left pushes back against allowing this kind of choice
by Emily Belz
Posted 12/05/11, 03:23 am

WASHINGTON-The Obama administration has ended the government's anti-trafficking contracts with Catholic groups, which many say are the best in the business, and insisted that under its healthcare law many Christian groups must offer insurance coverage for contraceptives and abortifacients, prompting the first lawsuit on that issue. Against that backdrop, Archbishop Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), visited the Oval Office towards the beginning of November for what he described as an "extraordinarily friendly" meeting with President Obama.

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Unsheltered

Healthcare | Proposed Obamacare rule on contraceptive coverage threatens religious conscience protections
by Edward Lee Pitts
Posted 8/06/11, 12:49 pm

WASHINGTON-A new healthcare rule proposed by the Obama administration this month has renewed worries among faith-based groups that the changing landscape under Obamacare will bring increased threats to conscience protections.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Aug. 1 a proposed mandate that all insurance plans must cover the entire cost of prescription contraceptives. This requirement includes coverage of controversial abortion drugs such as Ella and Plan B at no additional cost to the patient.

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Killer bill

Healthcare | Pro-life lawmakers raise alarm: Absent amendment, healthcare bill will subsidize and mandate abortion coverage
by Edward Lee Pitts
Posted 7/31/09, 08:56 am

WASHINGTON-On July 17, House lawmakers rode to the rescue of the nation's wild horse population, passing a bill to prevent their slaughter by adding millions of acres to their roaming lands.

But while lawmakers devoted tightly doled out floor time to debating the welfare of the West's estimated 36,000 wild horses, another life-and-death debate has been relegated to committee rooms: the fate of unborn children in the pending transformation of the nation's healthcare system.

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