Just a note...my purpose for this thread is not to foment debate on the tenets of the Catholic church and/or it's position on birth control. I'm not Catholic, but I have no problem seeing this move for what it is.
To me, this is another blatant example of our "g-o-d-vernment's" overt war on religion. The proverbial camel's nose was helped under the church tent long ago with the creation of tax exempt status. This 'quasi-godvernment' partnership was one step towards the ultimate control of such religious institutions, whether Catholic OR Protestant. But, I believe this intrusion would have happened regardless of said partnerships...
Below is just one article discussing the new law which would force Catholic-affliliated universities and hospitals offering health insurance plans to include free birth control and sterilization.
[url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2097523/Church-declare-war-Obama... to declare war on Obama over birth control as religious leaders threaten President with Catholic vote[/url]
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 12:52 PM on 7th February 2012
-Reform law demands free birth control to be provided at Catholic hospitals and universities
-Catholics make up quarter of U.S. population
-Some now rethinking vote come election time
"...Catholic League head Bill Donohue said: ‘Never before, unprecedented in American history, for the federal government to line up against the Roman Catholic Church,’ ...
...Archbishop Timothy Dolan recently spoke out about the issue. 'It’s not about contraception. It’s about the right of conscience,' he told reporters. 'The government doesn’t have the right to butt into the internal governance and teachings of the church,” he said..."