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Rubio positions himself in battle over Obama's contraception rules



Sitting in a pew at St. Louis Catholic Church in Miami one recent Sunday, Sen. Marco Rubio heard the same homily as other parishioners who were urged by church leaders nationwide to contact Congress about the use of contraceptives.

Last week, the Florida Republican senator introduced legislation that would repeal a part of President Barack Obama's health care law requiring some religious institutions to offer their employees contraceptive coverage and family planning services as part of their health insurance.

"I'm glad that somebody is listening when they read those letters," joked Archbishop Thomas Wenski, who heads the Archdiocese of Miami.

Rubio, a Catholic, has always opposed abortion, including during his days in the Florida Legislature. In recent weeks, though, he has emerged as one of the national leaders in the politically explosive cultural war over what sort of health care women have access to. (story here)

[Last modified: Monday, February 6, 2012 12:28pm]


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