Health reform implementation

Poll: Catholics support new contraception policy

{mosads}Public Policy Polling conducted the new poll on behalf of a coalition that includes Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America. The findings indicate that Obama gained some ground with Catholics by alterning the policy. An earlier PPP poll found that 53 percent of Catholic voters approved of the White House’s original mandate, which required religious employers to provide contraception coverage directly.

The White House revised the policy under pressure from religious groups, Republicans and several prominent Democrats. As expected, the Conference of Catholic Bishops said the changes don’t go far enough. And congressional Republicans still intend to move legislation that would repeal the coverage mandate.

According to the PPP poll released Saturday, 55 percent of Catholic voters oppose repealing the requirement that insurers cover contraception without co-pays or deductibles.

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