Romney goes after Obama on healthcare, contraception
Under new provisions outlined by Obama’s administration, Catholic hospitals, schools and charities will be required to provide health insurance for their employees covering contraception even if though it violates the church’s teachings.
Catholic bishops’ complaints about the law have filtered onto the Republican campaign trail to find a challenger to Obama in the presidential election next Nov. 6.
Newt Gingrich has declared the policy a war on America’s religious freedom and Rick Santorum has spoken out against it as well.
Romney told a large crowd in Centennial, Colorado:
“Think what that does to people who are in faiths that do no share those views. This is a violation of conscience. We must have a president who is willing to protect America’s first right, our right to worship God.”
The Obama administration has come under heavy criticism for the move but has strongly defended the new policy, saying it does not force any one to use contraception and that it will save Americans millions of dollars.
Romney’s leap into the controversy may help him convince skeptical conservatives that he truly is against abortion. And it may assist the Republican front-runner in his effort to woo evangelical voters who have been slow to warm to him.
Photo Credit: REUTERS/Rick Wilking (Romney speaks at a campaign event in Centennial, Colorado)