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Survey: Majority of Catholics support including birth control in health care plans

February 10, 2012 • Family Planning, United States, Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Earl Babbie for sending me this article regarding a Catholic majority supportive of a rule by the U.S. government that says most employers must include contraception coverage in their health care plans. The story ran in the Detroit Free Press. As a reminder, at roughly 313 million, U.S. population accounts for about 4.4% of global population. See: http://www.freep.com/article/20120208/NEWS07/120208008/Survey-Majority-of-Catholics-support-including-birth-control-in-health-care-plans?odyssey=tab|mostpopular|text|FRONTPAGE

Survey: Majority of Catholics support including birth control in health care plans
7:00 AM, February 8, 2012
Niraj Warikoo

A majority of Catholics support including birth control in health care plans and back the decision by the Obama administration that requires most employers to include such coverage, according to a new survey released Tuesday.

Their views are in contrast to leaders in the Catholic Church, who are vigorously opposing a rule by the U.S. government that says most employers must include contraception coverage in their health care plans.

Despite the opposition of Catholic leaders, Catholics are actually more likely than non-Catholics to support including contraception in health plans, according to survey results by the Public Religion Research Institute.

About 58% of American Catholics “believe that employers should be required to provide their employees with health care plans that cover contraception,” the survey showed. That was higher than the percentage of white mainline Protestants (50%) and white evangelicals (38%) who believe that. The Catholic Church officially forbids contraception use, but 98% of Catholic women who have been sexually active have used birth control. The survey comes as Catholic bishops and their supporters are protesting a decision last month by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

To read the full article, please click here: http://www.freep.com/article/20120208/NEWS07/120208008/Survey-Majority-of-Catholics-support-including-birth-control-in-health-care-plans?odyssey=tab|mostpopular|text|FRONTPAGE


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