Catholic Institutions required to offer free birth control

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email

(WEAU) La Crosse- It’s the talk of the nation today.
A controversial plan set forth by the Obama Administration is requiring Catholic Universities, Hospitals, and Charities to offer free birth control.

House Speaker John Boehner promises a fight, saying if the Obama Administration doesn't reverse its policy, Congress will.

The White House is signaling it may take steps to curb Roman Catholic concerns, who say birth control mandates force them to violate religious beliefs.

Local Catholic groups are also having a say about all this.

"On the 29th of January, Bishop Callohan wrote a letter that was read at all the masses and all the parishes in this (La Crosse) Diocese. Other bishops have done the same. A number of bishops are speaking out on the issue," said La Crosse Diocese Spokesman, Stan Gould.

Emily Ackerman is a freshman at Viterbo University, and is a devote Catholic. She says she wont be taking the free birth control.

“When I get married, kids are part of the package. So, no I don’t agree with it, and I don’t want to,” said Ackerman.

But even on campus, there's a divide.

“This is a controversial issue. People are having sex a lot younger, and unprotected. So I think it’s very important to take care of yourself,” said Jessica Walter, Senior at Viterbo University.

This is more than just a women’s rights issue, and the Catholic Institution isn’t going to back down without a fight.

“What I do see is a fight; Catholics are not going to take this lying down," said Gouldman.

The White House is determined to ensure contraceptives to women no matter where they work. But one of the main issues with Catholics is who’s giving it, not who’s getting it.

“It’s not just the user, it can’t be prescribed. A Catholic doctor should not do these things, and now he or she is being forced to," said Gouldman.

President of Viterbo University Rick Artman is calling this a violation of the constitution.

“Its not just a women’s rights issue, or a women’s health issue. In my opinion it’s a freedom issue, freedom of religion, and freedom of private institutions to choose coverage for its employees,” said Artman.

All catholic Institutions have until 2013 to implement the new rule if it not reversed.


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  • by Tommy on Feb 12, 2012 at 07:19 PM
    I don't think Catholic institutions should be giving any advice on sexual activity considering their track record. Some of their priests didn't need birth control, they needed self control.
  • by Barabas on Feb 11, 2012 at 09:05 PM
    You know, if they did some old fashioned old testament house cleaning, none of this would be a problem.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2012 at 05:42 PM
    Never understand why men get so riled up about a women/s health issue. It is not about them!!!
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Feb 12, 2012 at 07:10 PM in reply to
      Because the children could not be conceived without us. Can't have a hen or egg without a rooster.
  • by Get Cut on Feb 11, 2012 at 02:18 PM
    Notice how the rate of breast cancer is going up since the pill was developed?
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      by T.L. on Feb 11, 2012 at 04:47 PM in reply to Get Cut
      I am sure it has nothing to do with all the other Pharmaceuticals found lurking in drinking water .
      • reply
        by Anonymous on Feb 12, 2012 at 07:13 PM in reply to T.L.
        Sure doesn't help when idiots flush them down the toilet.
    • reply
      by becca on Feb 11, 2012 at 05:10 PM in reply to Get Cut
      Notice how the rate of ovarian and utrine cancer has gone down?
      • reply
        by Anonymous on Feb 12, 2012 at 07:12 PM in reply to becca
        The rate hasn't gone down, it's just caught earlier. The survival rate has gone up, but it is more prevalent.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2012 at 11:27 AM
    Yes, because it's organized religion that I look to for moral leadership. LOL
  • by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2012 at 07:26 AM
    Women should just quit putting out completely, wouldn't take the men long to propigate some change.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2012 at 02:16 PM in reply to
      Don't you realize how many would be out of a job?
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2012 at 03:27 PM in reply to
      Good luck living alone, snowblowing your own driveway, changing your own oil, mowing your own lawn, need I go on?
      • reply
        by Anonymous on Feb 12, 2012 at 07:14 PM in reply to
        That's why "casual dating" was invented.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2012 at 08:19 PM in reply to
      lol
  • by Distractions on Feb 11, 2012 at 01:52 AM
    This is a typical election year distraction to keep our minds off of what really matters.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2012 at 03:28 PM in reply to Distractions
      Yes.....Union thug first grade teachers!!
      • reply
        by Anonymous on Feb 12, 2012 at 07:16 PM in reply to
        What kind of teacher would you get for $7.25/hr?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 10, 2012 at 05:40 PM
    I guess my most logical question would be "Are they providing coverage for Viagra?" Because if they are then the women should be covered for birth control. Why contribute to a man's ability to feel good if you can't do the same for the woman by assuring her she won't have to deal with nine months of puking every year? No birth control, then no Viagra. Easy peasy.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 10, 2012 at 05:21 PM
    I say all of the women in this country just refuse to have sex again until birth control is covered. That would take care of the problem in a hurry.
  • by KRB Location: Chippewa Falls on Feb 10, 2012 at 04:14 PM
    Yes, someone who is emplyed by a church business should have the right to have free birth control on their medical plan. Catholic schools and hospitals are not churches, I'm willing to bet that the hospitals are making a hefty profit and they employ people so yes these employees should have this right to birth control on their plan.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 10, 2012 at 07:04 PM in reply to KRB
      Since when is birth control a "right?"
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        by sam on Feb 11, 2012 at 05:54 PM in reply to
        It is!!!
      • reply
        by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2012 at 08:19 PM in reply to
        Since when is viagra?
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