With its decision to require health plans (including those offered by religiously affiliated employers) to provide contraceptive coverage to women at no extra cost, the Obama administration has taken an important step toward protecting that access.


The president's decision is on the right side of common sense, sound science, and public opinion.  It enjoys support from a majority of Americans and a majority of Catholics. So, when the Speaker of the House said on the floor that Congress must overturn the president's policy “acting on behalf of the American people,” I'm not really sure what he's talking about. 
Let me add that many of my House colleagues who want to deny access to contraception are the same ones who want to cut programs that help women and families facing unwanted pregnancies.
I applaud the president for standing up to reactionary forces and standing up for women's healthcare and women's freedom.