Obama Admin. Offers Opt-Out to Birth Control Mandate

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The Obama administration is offering religious non-profits an opt-out to its birth control coverage mandate in its health care law.

The move is only being considered a partial victory for opponents of the mandate.

After more than a year and numerous lawsuits, the Obama administration reversed course and decided to expand an exemption to his health care law.

Several religious organizations have challenged what's known as the "contraception coverage mandate." They argue the requirement forced religious employers to violate their beliefs by making them pay for contraception in their insurance plans.

Who really benefits from the new opt-out? Jordan Sekulow with the American Center for Law & Justice, explains more, on CBN Newswatch, Feb. 1

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The White House said the new rule balanced the president's objectives by the IRS definition of "religious employer" and providing access to birth control without forcing faith-based groups pay for it.

"He's been very clear about what he believes are two compelling interests: which is the necessity of and the appropriateness of providing preventive services to women across the country, including contraception and of making sure that we are mindful of religious liberty," White House press secretary Jay Carney said.

The proposed rules do not include for-profit religiously owned businesses, like Christian-owned Hobby Lobby. Nor does it clarify the impact on religious non-profits that are self insured.

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