Anti-abortion-rights groups demand protections in CR bill


The birth-control policy requires that most employers cover a full range of contraceptives in their employee health plans without cost-sharing. Churches and houses of worship are exempt, but the employees of religiously affiliated institutions will be able to procure birth control directly from their insurance companies without co-pays.

The mandate does not exempt employers who personally object to certain forms of birth control or organizations that disapprove of emergency contraception but are not explicitly religious.

The SBA List is one such group. It raises funds for candidates who oppose abortion rights and is spearheading the new online campaign, "Call 2 Conscience," which allows supporters to contact their members of Congress with notes supporting broader exemptions to the mandate.

The push involves 38 national, state and local organizations that oppose abortion rights.