Under fire from Catholic bishops and others, the Obama administration had to backtrack on contraception and health insurance. But many Catholics differ with the church hierarchy over birth control.
Gay rights activists cheered Obama's memo on hospital visitation rights, but the president faces increasing tension with constituencies who helped elect him and expected faster results.
The coalition of Catholics and anti-abortion advocates that has opposed healthcare reform – saying it could allow federal funds for abortion – is slowly splintering.
Still not a big fan of President Obama's healthcare bill, Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich on Wednesday said he would vote yes for the legislation.
President Obama struck agreements with insurers, doctors, drug companies, and hospitals to keep them from turning against healthcare reform. What are they?
He has not insisted that an overhaul include a public insurance option... or else. But on Tuesday he reiterated his preference for that approach.
But it's unclear if the Freedom of Choice Act imperils a doctor's right not to perform the procedure.