Federal Bill Forces Religious Groups To Offer Contraception Coverage

02.01.12 | Sarah Harnisch

Catholic churches are blasting a new federal mandate requiring faith-based employers to provide contraception coverage. New York Cardinal-Designate Timothy Dolan said Tuesday "never before has the federal government forced individuals and organizations to go out into the marketplace and buy a product that violates their conscience. This shouldn't happen in a land where free exercise of religion ranks first in the Bill of Rights." The new law took effect in January.  It requires nearly all religious employers to provide workers with coverage for birth control as part of their health insurance plans. The Roman Catholic church opposes all forms of artificial contraception.