Health, abortion issues split Obama administration and Catholic groups

November 1, 2011 09:00 AM
 

A contentious battle between Catholic groups and the Obama administration has flared in recent days, fueled by the new health-care law and ongoing divisions over access to abortion and birth control.  The latest dispute centers on a decision by the Department of Health and Human Services in late September to end funding to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to help victims of human trafficking, or modern-day slavery. The church group had overseen nationwide services to victims since 2006 but was denied a new grant in favor of three other groups.  The bishops’ conference is threatening legal action and accusing the administration of anti-Catholic bias, which HHS officials deny.

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