State Contraception Mandates
The 28 states requiring that contraception coverage be included in prescription drug plans are: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
The 17 states with a religious exemption for employers are: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island and West Virginia.
Missouri allows any employer, religious or secular, to seek an exemption from the contraceptive coverage mandate. Nevada has a religious exemption for insurers.
So, Mitt Romney's "Romney care" plan in Massachusetts has the same religious exemption as the HHS rule creates. Will he "flip or flop" or remian consistent on this issue? Is there a difference in the positions of the 2 leading candidates?If 98% of Catholic women have used contraceptives before the rule, isn't the issue moot - except for the men who run the Church?
Where was the outrage of the bishops when 28 states - their citizens, legislatures, and chief executive - previously enacted their requirement?