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Catholic Bishops reject Obama’s latest contraception compromise

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has rejected the Obama Administration's latest attempt to ensure that women can access no-cost contraceptive coverage without violating the rights of religious employers.

Rather than force religious hospitals, universities or charities to provide contraceptive and sterilization coverage, the proposal allows religiously-affiliated institutions to opt out, calling for third-party insurance companies to provide access instead.

But the compromise wouldn't let for-profit business owners weasel their way opt out of the mandate, requiring them to provide the "illicit" coverage. And that's a problem, according to a statement from Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the conference.

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