Under fierce election-year fire, President Barack Obama on Friday
abruptly abandoned his stand that religious organizations must pay for
birth control for workers, scrambling to end a furor raging from the
Catholic Church to Congress to his re-election foes. He demanded that
insurance companies step in to provide the coverage instead.
Obama's compromise means ultimately that women would still get birth
control without having to pay for it, no matter where they work. The
president insisted he had stuck by that driving principle even in
switching his approach, and the White House vehemently rejected any
characterization that Obama had retreated under pressure.
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