A consortium of Catholic-affiliated hospitals has reportedly decided the Obama administration’s steps to protect faith-based nonprofits from the contraception mandate in the new health care law are sufficient.
The Catholic Hospital Association’s stance puts it at odds with America’s bishops and other religious groups, who say the federal government’s “accommodation” did not go far enough to protect nonprofit employers who object to insuring contraceptives, particularly ones taken after sex.
The National Catholic Reporter first reported on the association’s stance, which was outlined Tuesday in a memo to its members.
Meanwhile, an ecumenical coalition of religious leaders vowed last week to continue their fight against the mandate, which they see as an affront to religious freedoms.
The administration finalized a rule last month that allows religious nonprofits to divorce themselves from policies that provide contraceptives to their employees.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops concluded the final rule is not good enough, and dozens of for-profit business owners have sued over the mandate because they have not been exempted or accommodated.