Report: Obama Will Tweak His Mandate on Abortion Drug and Contraception, But Won't Compromise
9:12 AM, Feb 10, 2012 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
ABC's Jake Tapper reports that "later today the White House — possibly President Obama himself — will likely announce an attempt to accommodate these religious groups."
So is this a "compromise" as many news outlets have reported? Not at all--a compromise requires finding something acceptable to all parties involved. "The move, based on state models, will almost certainly not satisfy bishops and other religious leaders since it will preserve the goal of women employees having their birth control fully covered by health insurance," Tapper reports. "White House officials have discussed the state law in Hawaii, where religious groups are allowed to opt out of coverage that includes birth control, as long as employees are given information whether such coverage can be obtained. But this accommodation would not go that far."
Richard Doerflinger, a top official at the United States Council of Catholic Bishops, has already said that the Hawaii model is unacceptable: