Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has lately been arguing strenuously against the Obama administration’s decision to force all employers, regardless of their religious convictions, to provide insurance coverage for contraception, including contraceptives that can cause abortions. The government's decision has been widely denounced by officials of the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches because they are opposed to both birth control (except in certain limited circumstances) and abortion.
“Governor Romney stands with the Catholic Bishops and all religious organizations in their strenuous objection to this liberty- and conscience-stifling regulation,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said on February 7. “He is committed to repealing Obamacare entirely. On his first day in office, Mitt Romney will eliminate the Obama administration rule that compels religious institutions to violate the tenets of their own faith.”
Romney himself contended that the administration’s decision was part of “an assault on religion” that “will end if I’m president of the United States.”
Asked about Romney’s criticism of the birth-control rule during a February 8 press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney proved that his boss has been keeping up with his opposition research. Said Carney:
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