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Obama: Birth Control Policy Meets Everyone's Needs

Friday, February 10, 2012

President Obama speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House. (Alex Wong/Getty)

President Barack Obama says a revamped birth control policy will both protect religious liberties and protect women's access to contraception.

Speaking at the White House, Obama announced changes to the policy that has generated criticism from religious groups and others who say it would force them to violate their faith.

Obama urged politicians not to use the complicated matter as a wedge issue.

Under the changes, religious employers will not have to cover birth control for their employees. Instead, the government will demand that insurance companies be directly responsible for providing free contraception.

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Comments [8]

The Presidents solution was a good hearted attempt, but it left open approaches for continued critisism and challenges that it still treads upon the religious freedom of those who either don't care except that they want to oppose anything the President does, or those who see this as an opportunity to press their religious power based for more influence.

The mistake the President made was that he did not solve the problem in the simpler manner and with a clear none intrusive or compulsive challenge to the religious communities. Now he was probably poorly advised and counciled on this matter, but he has to take the heat and he should have thought about it a little all on his own and recognized that there is a clear and direct path to achieving a solution that would have to have been touted as truely inspired, democratic, conservative, and in the best spirit of American values and the Constitutional principles of our nation.

Better luck next time.

Feb. 18 2012 09:20 AM
listener

"Obama: Birth Control Policy Meets Everyone's Needs"
Most especially his needs in an election year.

"Obama urged politicians not to use the complicated matter as a wedge issue"
as he goes from cynical wedge issue to wedge for political effect.

Feb. 10 2012 02:17 PM
ddrybread from Manhattan

The White House site says it is "OFF THE AIR," which may explain the non-stream, yes?

Feb. 10 2012 12:50 PM
manhattandi from NYC - UWS

The WHITE HOUSE site says it is OFF THE AIR. This may explain the non-stream, yes?

Feb. 10 2012 12:47 PM
James from Queens, NYC

Your live broadcasting sucks!!! luck for the country you not running things "Morons"

Feb. 10 2012 12:34 PM
J Truran from Putnam County NY

Can't find the live feed

Feb. 10 2012 12:30 PM
Mary ANn Newman from Manhattan

Where is it?

Feb. 10 2012 12:27 PM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

This live broadcast isn't working for me... nothing showing

Feb. 10 2012 12:24 PM

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