FOR RELEASE: February 1, 2013 CONTACT: Stephanie Niedringhaus, 202-347-9797 x224, email@example.com
Washington DC: NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice lobby, today issued the following statement concerning the Obama administration’s newly proposed rules on contraception coverage:
NETWORK applauds today’s announcement of new exemptions to mandated contraception coverage as fresh evidence of the Obama administration’s clear commitment to addressing religious concerns that were raised last year.
According to Sister Simone Campbell, NETWORK’s Executive Director, “The administration has addressed the objections that we and many other faith-based organizations raised one year ago when the first proposal was released. They listened to us and responded, which is democracy at its best. We are very grateful that they not only responded, but that they also acted in good faith to reach an accommodation that balanced the rights of everyone.”
Newly proposed rules from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are a huge step in the right direction and, at first reading, more than adequately address the strong objections we raised to the original language in January 2012. Among other improvements, they use IRS definitions of religious organizations to explain which ones would be exempted from the mandate.