Accord nearer on US healthcare law20 February 2013
The US bishops and other key Catholic stakeholders are trying to determine how to respond to the latest revisions to the Obama administration's controversial contraception mandate. The edict requires Catholic institutions to provide contraception cover, sterilisation, and some abortion-inducing drugs free of charge for employees. The revision loosens the description of what counts as a religious organisation that can be exempted from the requirement.
On 7 February, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the USCCB, issued a statement saying that the revisions "fall short" of what the bishops expected by way of conscience protections for Catholic institutions and individuals, but pledged to work with the administration.
In a further statement he added: "We welcome and will take seriously the Administration's invitation to submit our concerns through formal comments."
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