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February 10th, 2012
07:38 PM ET

President Obama Backs Down from Birth Control Uproar

Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius tells John King about the disagreement inside Oval Office over birth control policy.

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  1. Joan

    Republicans have been steering away from any talk of the wedge social issues because they know that they turn off independents who they really need next November. For months the whole focus has been on President Obama's record and the state of the economy. Well, just before the CPAC conference and just as two Catholic candidates are gaining some support, the White House coincidentally puts forth the issue of health care for women and that contaception should be covered. The focus for days now has been on this wedge issue and I'm sure it is turning women off in droves. Great strategy Pres. Obama. The media and Catholic hierarchy fell for it and now the issue is exposed for all. By the way, instead of the Catholic Church telling women what they should do, why don't they worry about what their priests SHOULDN'T do?

    February 11, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
  2. Joan

    Where are the comments on this article and video? There were probably hundreds of them yet it says there were no responses. Are you censoring the comments for some reason? President Obama did not back down, he compromised but still called for contraception coverage for women. There is a huge difference. Compromise is not a sign of weakness. It is a necessary step for successful democratic process. Many Catholic agencies accepted the compromise and many states already cover contraception so this was all a political tempest in a teapot. This issue shows the huge difference between the philosophies of the two parties. One party calls for less government interference in people's lives yet wants to tell women what to do with their own bodies and who they should love. The other party uses common sense and is trying to provide basic health care to everyone. Quite a difference.

    February 13, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  3. Chantel

    Thank you for your rpnsoese. It is true. According to the CCC Fr. and Elaine are right. I may go to hell for this but I think the CCC is somewhat wrong. I guess that makes me a bad catholic but in our society (Canada) we heva learned to accept these differences and I truly believe that whatever they do wrong ( i.e: the Sin of being homosexual according to the CCC and the holy bible) our Lord Jesus Christ should be the only judge (isn't he after all ?). If these Gay and Lesbians are living their life as close as they can to the teachings of Christ I cannot see them as being more sinners then pedophiles, murderers, fraud, extorsion, physical or psychological violence, etc. I guess what I am trying to say it that they are sinners like us. Their sin may be bigger, but they remain children of Christ. I humbly cannot judge them and blame them for what they are. I say let our Lord judge them according to his own judgement when the time will come. Until then I say let's welcome them and accept them as they are: members of Christ church. Eliane: I would like to thank you for your testimony. I appreciate your view on the subject and will pray for you. Fr. Finelli: Thank you for your clarification. I still love your podcast. You have been a beacon of hope in my life and helped me recharged my catholic life. I thank you and will pray for you tonight. God be merciful to me a sinner

    February 25, 2012 at 2:24 am |