Topic: Catholics United
Health-care plan provision for employer-paid birth control riles Catholic schools, dioceses, and health-care providers. Negotiations with White House 'not encouraging.'
Catholics have long supported healthcare reform. But many now worry that it might compromise existing restrictions on federal funding of abortions, leaving them with a tough choice.
Several conservative bishops counter that candidates’ stands on abortion should be the litmus test.
Gov. Sarah Palin has outsized impact on an important bloc in key battleground states.