Early indications are, and we should learn more later today, that the Obama administration may be walking back the Health and Human Services Mandate requiring religious institutions to provide contraception coverage.
Religiously affiliated organizations will be able to opt out of providing their employees with insurance coverage for contraceptives under updates to an Obama administration mandate that the Department of Health and Human Services is expected to unveil on Friday, according to two sources.
In March, after an uproar among religious institutions that didn't want to pay for contraceptives, the Obama administration offered several policy suggestions that would require the administrator of the insurance policy, not the religious institution or the insurer, to pay for contraception coverage and invited comment on those proposals.
The administration is expected to detail how it will handle two of the more controversial situations, said a source familiar with Friday's announcement.
"Religiously affiliated organizations will be given the option of exempting themselves from the requirement of providing their employees with contraceptive access or service that they are morally opposed to," said the source.
There'll be much more on this I'm sure once it's studied and understood and Cardinal Dolan has already weighed in with his own wait and see statement:
“Today, the Administration issued proposed regulations regarding the HHS mandate. We welcome the opportunity to study the proposed regulations closely. We look forward to issuing a more detailed statement later.”
I suspect that this won't be the victory that it may initially appear to be given Obama's history and his penchant for deception but I'm hoping I'm wrong.
We'll know soon enough.