When after much internal debate the Obama administration finally
announced its decision to require religiously affiliated hospitals and
universities to cover birth control in their insurance plans, the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops were fully prepared for battle.
Seven months earlier, they had started laying the groundwork for a major
new campaign to combat what they saw as the growing threat to religious
liberty, including the legalization of same-sex marriage. But the birth control mandate, issued on Jan. 20, was their Pearl Harbor.
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