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February 01, 2013

White House Offers Compromise on Birth-Control Mandate

The Obama administration on Friday proposed that religious groups opposed to contraceptives could opt out of providing them to employees, which was required in the new health-care law, says The Washington Post. However, free birth control would be available to those workers through a private insurance company.

The proposal says that the compromise would mean that employers with a religious orientation wouldn’t “have to contract, arrange, pay, or refer for any contraceptive coverage to which they object on religious grounds.”

But opponents say it’s just an “accounting gimmick.”

Originally, the Affordable Care Act mandated that all employers provide free birth control as part of their health-care packages, but certain faith groups were exempted after they objected.

Recently, religious-affiliated hospitals, universities, and other faith-related groups filed more than 45 lawsuits challenging the mandate.