Friday, June 15, 2012 | Obama ally turns | Emily Belz | Jun 15, 12

WASHINGTON—The Catholic Health Association, a prominent religious ally to President Obama in passing his healthcare law, changed its position on the administration’s contraceptive mandate Friday, saying the exemption for religious organizations was not adequate. In a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services, the group said the mandate raised “serious constitutional questions” and would not address “religious liberty concerns.”

“The exemption in the final rule is narrower than any conscience clause ever enacted in federal law and reflects an unacceptable change in federal policy regarding religious beliefs,” the Catholic Health Association (CHA) wrote.

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