After an outcry from the Catholic community earlier this month, the administration announced a compromise, which released religious-based institutions, such as hospitals and universities, from a mandate to provide contraception insurance coverage. Instead, insurance companies will be required to provide that coverage, free of charge, to women working for those organizations that opt out of the requirement.
As for whether Democrats fear their campaign for womenís rights will further upset the Catholic community ó an important voting bloc for 2012 ó the Senators on the call seemed unfazed.
ďThe polling seems to show that Catholic voters agree with the presidentís compromise and that women should be offered contraception,Ē Schumer said. ďItís not the status quo; itís a giant step backward.Ē
A CBS/New York Times poll released Feb. 14 revealed that 66 percent of American adults supported the administrationís compromise position, with 61 percent of polled Catholics saying they also agree with the rule.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.