A contentious battle between Catholic groups and the Obama
administration has flared in recent days, fueled by the new health-care
law and ongoing divisions over access to abortion and birth control.
The latest dispute centers on a decision by the Department of
Health and Human Services in late September to end funding to the U.S.
Conference of Catholic Bishops to help victims of human trafficking,
or modern-day slavery. The church group had overseen nationwide
services to victims since 2006 but was denied a new grant in favor of
three other groups.