Recently, as part of the implementation of the new health care reform legislation, the Department of Health and Human Services issued guidelines that require insurance companies to offer women a whole range of services without co-payments. (You can hear the voices of women cheering these developments across the country!)
These services include several diverse items like well woman visits, breast feeding support, domestic violence counseling and FDA-approved contraceptive methods and counseling.
The Catholic bishops immediately zeroed in on "contraceptive methods and counseling." They are apparently concerned about including contraceptive coverage in health insurance policies for church employees. Although the policy includes exemptions for religious institutions that have problems with contraception, the bishops apparently don't believe they are adequate.