U.S. rule highlights Catholic tensions over contraception

Statue of Georgetown University founder Carroll overlooks women on Georgetown campus in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) – New rules requiring free access to prescription birth control for women with health insurance go into effect on Wednesday, but controversy lingers at some Catholic institutions struggling to balance the requirement with their opposition to contraception. At Georgetown University, the nation's oldest Catholic university, students and administration officials are still wrestling with the requirement to cover contraceptives as part of larger effort to expand no-cost preventive care for women. The requirement exempts churches and gives religious groups a one-year reprieve. …



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