The flap in the U.S.A. over President Barack Obama’s contraception mandate doesn’t seem likely to die down any time soon. Today, I caught a link and comment at March 2’s edition of Instapundit telling us that Vice President Biden acknowledged that president Obama’s administration screwed up when it first denied exemption terms to churches.
I think it’s pretty well known by now that that Mr. Biden and former Chief of Staff Bill Daley warned president Obama there would be pushback on the contraception mandate, which requires religious-affiliated organizations to provide birth control coverage to employees.
The White House has subsequently changed the rule, of course, in its attempt to please angry Roman Catholic leaders and others who object to what they see as an intrusion on religious freedom.
The rule now allows employees of religious organizations, which object to the use of birth control, to obtain contraception from the employer’s insurer. Even this change, though, did not appease the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
And so the controversy continues.