DETROIT (WWJ) – President Barack Obama announced Friday that he’s backing off of a requirement for church-affiliated employers to provide birth control coverage.

Workers at those companies will now be able to get contraceptives from health insurance companies.

WWJNewsardio 950’s Marie Osborne reports that the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit has released a statement in reaction to Friday’s reversal.

Joe Kohn is a spokesperson for the Archdiocese in Detroit and he says Catholic Archbishop Allen Vigneron will act in concert with other U.S. Bishops in a response, but that will not come until further details on the President’s plan are disclosed.

“It is still possible for their to be an assault on religious freedom. So, there needs to be some kind of legislative fix which is still being pursued by the Church,” said Kohn.

“Certainly the bishops and the local Catholic church, I mean, can be a little optimistic about the openness to a new opportunity to dialogue with the Obama administration, in regards to health care coverage,” Kohn said.

Kohn says the Archbishop has written a letter, which will be read at all weekend masses that will further address the matter.

Read more from CBS News here.


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