For John, BLUF: Vice President Joe Biden got it wrong regarding exemptions to mandatory providing of contraction for employees. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Apparantly the Vice Presidential debate this last week contained an error in fact. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops took exception to this comment:
With regard to the assault on the Catholic Church, let me make it absolutely clear. No religious institution—Catholic or otherwise, including Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital—none has to either refer contraception, none has to pay for contraception, none has to be a vehicle to get contraception in any insurance policy they provide. That is a fact. That is a fact.The Bishops, through their spokesperson, says that is not a fact. In fact, they say:
This is not a fact. The HHS mandate contains a narrow, four-part exemption for certain "religious employers." That exemption was made final in February and does not extend to "Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital," or any other religious charity that offers its services to all, regardless of the faith of those served.And so it goes, as we count down to 6 November.
Regards — Cliff