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Obama’s plan to include contraception in healthcare provision provokes religious opposition

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 20 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1267
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

A religious war of words over contraception has broken out in the United States. The flashpoint has been the Obama administration’s decision to include contraception as an essential component of preventive health services for women that must be included in every health insurance plan.

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has led the charge in calling this an attack on religion, saying that life begins at the moment of conception. They want a “conscience provision” that provides an exemption.

One key goal of health reform legislation passed by Congress in 2010 was to strengthen prevention, both as its own good and with the hope of reining in the long term costs of healthcare. It wrote into the law a provision that all health insurance must offer a basic package …

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