The Catholic Church is run by old white men who lead materially comfortable existences, and the television industry is only slightly better. Maybe that’s why the TV analysis of the birth control brouhaha–even in many liberal outlets–has been so skewed in favor of the Catholic Church. I continually hear how President Obama is going to pay a price for the conflict, and I just don’t see it. Poll results from the New York Times:
“On contraceptive coverage, 65 percent of voters in the poll said they supported the Obama administration’s requirement that health insurance plans cover the cost of birth control, and nearly as many, 59 percent, said the health insurance plans of religiously affiliated employers should cover the cost of birth control.
In a compromise last week, President Obama said insurance companies could shoulder the costs required under the new federal health care law, but the Conference of Catholic Bishops and other religious leaders continue to oppose the rule.
A majority of Catholic voters in the poll were at odds with the church’s official stance, agreeing with most other voters that religiously affiliated employers should offer health insurance that provides contraception. Jennifer Davison, 38, a Catholic from Lomita, Calif., agrees with the federal requirement. ‘My opinion is that it is a personal issue rather than a religious issue,’ she said in a follow-up interview.”