That policy would have required Catholic hospitals, universities and other institutions to cover birth control in their employees’ health insurance. Critics called that an assault on religious freedom.
President Obama announced a change of course Friday, and the White House is hoping to regain religious allies and maintain support from the women who voted for the president.
A Change Of Policy
Obama says the new policy will preserve women’s access to affordable birth control, no matter where they work. It’s also designed to address the complaints of Catholic hospitals, universities and similar organizations.