O’Malley: ‘Too Much Hyperventilating’ About Birth Control Rule

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) said Sunday that religious conservatives are overreacting to an Obama administration regulation that organizations provide birth control coverage in their employee health insurance plans.

“There has been a little bit too much hyperventilating over this issue,” O’Malley said on CNN’s State of the Union.

“This is not about abortion,” he added. “It’s about covering contraception as part of the health care coverage, mandatory basic coverage. Twenty-eight states already require this.”

From Capitol Hill to the 2012 campaign trail to television news shows, conservatives have been arguing that the regulation violates religious liberty.

The Maryland governor pointed out that Churches are exempt from the mandate, but other entities like religious hospitals and universities which employ people of different faiths are not.


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