Here is a news story:
Poll: Anger Over Obama’s Birth-Control Policy Spans All Religious Groups
The CHQ poll asked: “A new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services policy requires religious organizations to provide coverage of abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraceptives in their health plans, and religious hospitals to provide those services, even when some or all of those practices violate their conscience. Is this a proper extension of government power over religious institutions?"
Following is a percentage breakdown on the responses, recorded by religious belief.
Protestant disapproval — 41 percent Protestant approval — 1 percent Catholic disapproval — 27 percent Catholic approval — 1 percent Non-religious disapproval — 14 percent Non-religious approval — 1 percent Different religious affiliation disapproval — 12 percent Different religious affiliation approval — 1 percent Jewish disapproval — 1 percent And Jewish approval — 1 percent.
Looks like even the non-religious believe that this is an improper extension of government power over religious institutions. I think that should be changed to say improper extension of government power over an individual’s practice of their religion, not just that of official religious institutions. What about doctors or pharmacists who object? They aren’t churches but their right to practice their religion freely is being removed as well.
Free enterprise should determine if they can stay in business without providing contraceptive/abortifacient medicines, services or insurance coverage. People are always free to go someplace else to buy their pills or buy coverage for abortions if their employer supplied insurance doesn’t cover it or just refuse to work there if it isn’t provided.