The White House came under fire this spring for a new law requiring employers, including faith-based organizations, to offer health insurance that fully covers the cost of birth control. President Obama subsequently announced an "accommodation" for religious groups, shifting the cost of contraceptives from religiously affiliated charities and universities to health insurance companies; it is unclear how self-insured religious groups will be treated.
The Baker Institute Student Forum (BISF) discussed the policy implications of the controversy at "Contraception Coverage and Religious Freedom," the spring installment in a series of BISF debates. What policies work best, or are at least viable, when the interests of religious institutions, women and the government converge? Watch the April 3, 2012, video as students from the BISF, the Rice Conservative Forum and the Rice University Young Democrats wrestle with these timely issues.