Religious leaders' open letter seeks broader birth control exemptions

Religious leaders' open letter seeks broader birth control exemptions

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Sadia Coleman, a volunteer with AIDS Healthcare Foundation, waits for cars to stop to hand out free condoms along Wast Capitol Street outside the Benning Stoddert Recreation Center on May 24, 2013 in Washington. AIDS Healthcare Foundation staff and volunteers handed out free condoms and provided a free HIV test as a part of the Condom Nation Big Rig Tour which has the goal of distributing 50 million condoms through out the United States. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WVEC.com

Posted on July 2, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 2 at 8:43 PM

  WASHINGTON (AP) -- Leaders of religious groups representing more than 100 million Americans say the health care law shouldn't force religious institutions and business owners to provide contraceptive coverage that violates their conscience.
 
   The open letter to all Americans is signed by leaders of the Roman Catholic church, the Southern Baptist Convention, the National Association of Evangelicals, the Assemblies of God and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, among others.
 
   It urges the Department of Health and Human Services to exempt "any organization or individual that has religious or moral objections."
 
   The Rev. Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptists' public policy arm, says the HHS compromise announced Friday for religious institutions amounted to "word games and accounting tricks," with no exemptions for religious business owners.
 
   Moore says freedom of conscience should matter to all Americans, especially this week as they prepare to celebrate Independence Day.
 
  
 

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