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Mr. Lew shrugged off the tough talk from Republicans.
“We’re going to go ahead and implement it,” he said. “And women are going to have access [to contraception], and institutions like Catholic universities and Catholic hospitals will not be in the position that they had feared. I think that’s a good resolution.”
He noted that the policy announced Friday is backed by pro-choice groups and the Catholic Health Association.
“A smart and very reasonable move,” said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families. Sister Carol Keehan, president and chief executive of the Catholic Health Association of the United States, said she was “very pleased” with the new policy.
But Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said the revised policy “does nothing to change the fundamentally anti-religious, anti-conscience and anti-life contraceptive mandate.”
Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel and dean of Liberty University School of Law, dismissed it as an accounting gimmick.
“Laundering a Catholic or Christian organization’s money through the insurance company to pay for abortifacients does not suddenly correct the moral sin inflicted by Obama,” said Mr. Staver. Moreover, religious institutions that are self-insured, like Liberty University, would still have to pay directly for these products, he added, so the “new directive … solves nothing.”
“When religious groups are forced to deny their deeply held religious convictions, it is not called ‘balance’; it is called ‘tyranny,’ ” said Penny Nance and Janice Shaw Crouse, leaders of Concerned Women for America, which includes itself as one of the Christian-affiliated employers that don’t want to be forced to provide free abortion-inducing drugs in their health insurance plans.
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