Church Groups get a year on the Birth Control Rule

Non-profit organizations, which are religiously affiliated including hospitals and universities, will have to offer their women employees a birth control coverage as ruled by the Obama administration on Friday. However, these organizations have been given a full year to comply. The Department of Health and Human Services issued a final rule, which makes it necessary for the religious groups to provide a broad range of services from morning after pills to implanted contraceptives. This decision is likely to draw a significant opposition from the religious conservatives, as many of them do not comply with this new rule as of now.

However, this ruling from the Obama administration has exempted different institutions like the Churches, Temples, Mosques, Synagogues and some elementary and secondary schools that are religiously affiliated. However, this will prove to be a sore in the eye for many religious authorities who have various interests. Last August when the HHS first announced its plans to implement the rule to provide birth control, several protests followed and those included protests from the Roman Catholic Church. It wanted the exemption should be applied to a broader spectrum of institutions so that more and more religious affiliated institutions could be free from the rule. The Catholic Church considers all measure of contraception to be sinful.
Birth control rule

This rule, which is intended to reduce the no. of abortions and unwanted pregnancies, is a part of President Barack Obama’s overhaul related to the healthcare. This overhaul is his signature domestic policy achievement but is facing major challenges form the Republicans as well as the Supreme Court. Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services Secretary, in a statement said that the decision to implement this rule was made only after very careful consideration. The points considered during the discussion to implement the rule included the important concerns some have raised about practising religious liberty. “This proposal strikes the appropriate balance between respecting religious freedom and increasing access to important preventive services,” said Kathleen Sebelius.

Those religious-affiliated non-profit organizations, which currently do not offer the birth control cover to their women employees, are required to comply to the new rule by the 1st  of August next year. It should be noted that many of such religiously affiliated non-profit organizations do not offer any such coverage. On the other hand, other employers are required to begin with providing the coverage to their women employees by the 1st of August in this year itself.

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