The nation's Roman
Catholic bishops have rejected a compromise on birth control coverage
that President Obama offered on Friday and said they would continue to
fight the president's plan to find a way for employees of Catholic
hospitals, universities and service agencies to receive free
contraceptive coverage in their health insurance plans, without direct
involvement or financing from the institutions.
The United States
Conference of Catholic Bishops -- which has led the opposition to the
plan -- said in a statement late Friday that the solution offered by the
White House to quell a political furor was ''unacceptable and must be
corrected'' because it still infringed on the religious liberty and
conscience of Catholics.
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