All the more reason for us to keep up the pressure up on the Obama administration. This from yesterday’s White House briefing when press secretary Jay Carney was asked about the status of the pending decision and announcement on the contraception mandate in Obamacare:
JAKE TAPPER (ABC): I’ve heard from a lot of Democrats in the last few weeks who are concerned about President Obama possibly granting an exemption to Catholic churches, hospitals and universities from the requirement that all insurance plans cover contraception. I’m wondering if you could shed any light on this decision. I know the President has not yet made a decision, but I think these Democrats, a lot of them in the abortion rights community, are concerned that this is even being discussed. Could you explain why the President is considering an exemption, and what’s going into his decision-making?
JAY CARNEY (WH Press Secretary): Well, part of the process, Jake, as you know, was seeking and receiving public input before the guidelines that were announced by the Secretary of Health and Human Services would go into effect. That process did result in public input, as well as resulted in numerous comments from various folks who have concerns about this issue. The President has — this decision has not yet been made. You can be sure that we want to strike the right balance between expanding coverage of preventive services and respecting religious beliefs. And that’s the balance that will be sought as this decision is made. [via DailyKos]
If you haven’t yet, contact the White House and let them know what you think.
You can be sure the other side is giving them an earful right now.