Contraception, Religion and Presidential Politics

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President Obama said today he won't back down on the new rule that insurance plans – even at religious institutions -- provide free contraceptives to all women employees for family planning, prevention of cancer and other medical needs. But he recognized the objections of religious institutions and offered this olive branch, saying that those institutions won't have to pay. Will that satisfy Catholic Bishops, Christian conservatives or his Republican opposition? We hear the details of today's compromise and hear why contraception is needed for medical reasons beyond family planning. Why hasn't there been an outcry against states with similar and even tougher requirements?  Is it about politics as well as religion?

Credits

Guests:
Noam Levey - Los Angeles Times - @NoamLevey , Stephen Schneck - Catholic University of America - @StephenSchneck, Michael Moreland - Villanova University Law School, Jamie Manson - National Catholic Reporter, Patrick Whelan - Harvard and USC

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Christian Bordal, Caitlin Shamberg, Anna Scott