In a letter to
"I have strongly supported efforts to provide greater access to contraception and I also believe, just as strongly, that religiously-affiliated organizations like hospitals and universities should not be compelled by our Federal government to purchase insurance policies that violate their religious and moral convictions. Finally, I believe that these two objectives do not have to be mutually exclusive. Reasonable people can find common ground on this issue, and I am happy to work with your Administration to achieve that objective," Casey wrote. Read the full letter here.
But Casey has come short of saying he'd sign on to legislation blocking the rule. He told NBC News, "There's a way to do this, and not run afoul of the religious freedoms that I think an institution should be able to exercise. I think we can get this balance right … It means working out a compromise that makes sense to everybody."
Meanwhile Barletta gave a speech in Congress Wednesday, saying the decision makes Catholics feel like outsiders and that "no one should have to choose between their God and their government."
"People of all faiths should be outraged by this decision," he said. "If this administration can trample over the beliefs and rights of American Catholics, those of other religions should ask, 'Are we next?' "
Women's rights groups are pushing back. In an interview with Reuters: Susan Wood, a health professor at