Catholics, Contraception and the New Health Care Law

Catholics, Contraception and the New Health Care Law

Catholic groups are challenging a new federal rule requiring religious-affiliated employers to cover contraception in their health care plans. The clash between church and state over the Affordable Care Act.

As President Obama addressed the National Prayer Breakfast this morning, Catholic groups around the country were roundly criticizing him. Earlier this week his administration reaffirmed new regulations requiring employers to include birth control in their health care plans. Churches are exempted from the ruling. But Catholic groups had lobbied hard for the exemptions to include faith-based organizations such as Catholic universities and hospitals. The White House said no, now some Catholic groups are saying they will not comply with the new mandate. Join us to discuss the growing divide between church and state.


Julie Rovner

health policy correspondent for NPR, author of "Health Care Policy and Politics A-Z," and contributing editor for National Journal Daily.

Judy Waxman

vice president of healthcare and reproductive rights for the National Women's Law Center

Mark Rienzi

professor of constitutional law, Catholic University of America

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