Surprise! Most Catholic institutions are NOT suing over ObamaCare contraception rule!

Anyone who thinks American Catholics and their institutions are united in opposition to the ObamaCare rule regarding contraception has got another think coming. Lisa Miller EXPLAINS: Last week, in an orchestrated political maneuver, 43 Catholic entities — including the Archdiocese of Washington — filed a dozen lawsuits against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,  saying that any mandate requiring religious organizations to provide contraceptive coverage to employees was a violation of religious liberty. So, even though 82...

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The right-wing claim that the morning-after pill amounts to abortion is a myth

The recent controversy over ObamaCare and contraception has featured more than a few bogus arguments, one of which equates the so-called morning-after pill with abortion. Irin Carmon sets the record straight HERE: It started around February, when Republicans were still eager to talk about contraception. The Obama administration, or so Mitt Romney charged in Colorado, was forcing religious institutions to provide “morning-after pills –in other words abortive pills — and the like, at no cost.” It was, of course, a lie. Romney was conflating two...

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How the Catholic Church almost accepted contraception

The Vatican’s position on artificial contraception would not ordinarily be grist for our mill on this blog were it not for the recent political controversy over birth control. But in light of that flap, THIS ARTICLE is of particular interest: Contrary to widely held assumptions, the Catholic ban on birth control is relatively recent and has not been consistently supported by the clergy and the laity. Prior to the 1930s, the church had no official position on contraception. But on Dec. 31, 1930, Pope Pius XI issued a papal encyclical,...

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Gallup: Big shift among women gives Obama significant lead over Romney in swing states

   At the same time Mitt Romney is securing his hold on the Republican presidential nomination, a NEW POLL shows him falling behind President Obama in key swing states — mainly, it seems, because of his party’s foolish rhetoric about contraception: President Obama has opened the first significant lead of the 2012 campaign in the nation’s dozen top battleground states, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, boosted by a huge shift of women to his side. In the fifth Swing States survey taken since last fall, Obama leads Republican...

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Poll: Big majority of Americans reject GOP claim that birth-control flap is about religious freedom

Efforts by Republican politicians and the Religious Right to frame the controversy over contraception as a matter of religious freedom is failing miserably, according to a NEW POLL: Americans overwhelmingly regard the debate over President Barack Obama’s policy on employer-provided contraceptive coverage as a matter of women’s health, not religious freedom, rejecting Republicans’ rationale for opposing the rule. More than three-quarters say the topic shouldn’t even be a part of the U.S. political debate. More than six in 10 respondents to a...

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