White House To Detail Changes To Controversial Contraception Rule

Reports are popping up on various newssites that, as The Associated Press puts it, “President Barack Obama will announce a plan to accommodate religious employers outraged by a rule that would require them to cover birth control for women free of charge, according to a person familiar with the decision.”

ABC News’ Political Punch blog, which appears to have been ahead on this development, said earlier that sources say the plan “will be respectful of religious beliefs but will not back off from that goal, which many religious leaders oppose since birth control is in violation of their religious beliefs.”

The New York Times reports that the administration:

“Seeking to rein in a runaway political furor over birth control and religious liberty, is set to announce a possible compromise on Friday that is meant to calm ire from the right about a new administration rule that would require health insurance plans — including those offered by Roman Catholic hospitals, universities and charities — to offer free birth control to female employees.”

The White House has scheduled a 10:30 a.m. ET “background conference call” with reporters to talk about “women’s preventative services and religious institutions.” We’ll be hearing from NPR correspondents about what’s said and will update with the news.

And the Shots blog will be following the story throughout the day.

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