Most church-affiliated organizations will be required to offer
their workers coverage of birth control as part of their health plans,
the Obama administration announced Friday, but they can get more time
than other employers to comply.
The decision came as a bitter disappointment to organizations
ranging from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to the National
Association of Evangelicals, which had lobbied hard for a broad
exemption for employers that oppose birth control on religious grounds.