Obama Revises Contraception Rule

    WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 9: President Barack Obama, joined by Education Secretary Arne Duncan (L), delivers remarks on the No Child Left Behind law in the East Room of the White House on February 9, 2012 in Washington, DC. Obama announced that ten states that have agreed to implement reforms around standards and accountability will receive flexibility from the mandates of the federal education law. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

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    President Obama has backed down from a fight over requiring all employers to provide birth control for women free of charge. Obama announced a compromise Friday at the White House, saying that under his health-care plan, religiously affiliated employers will not have to pay for contraception. Churches and houses of worship were already exempt from this provision, but Roman Catholic groups and Republican leaders had accused Obama of violating religious freedom. Women will still be able to receive coverage free of charge, but schools, charities, universities, and hospitals will now be exempt, as people can go to insurance companies directly. Timothy Dolan, the head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, called the compromise a "first step in the right direction" in revising "how individuals obtain services that are morally objectionable."

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