Denver, Colo., Aug 9, 2012 / 03:00 am
President Barack Obama reaffirmed his support for mandatory contraception coverage in a Wednesday campaign stop in Denver, drawing criticism from a lawyer representing a Colorado company fighting the mandate on religious freedom grounds.
Matt Bowman, legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, objected to the president's contention that offering exemptions to the mandatory coverage allows employers to control women.
"The only 'controlling' actions in this case involve the president's command that families abandon their faith just because they want to earn a living or serve their community," Bowman told CNA Aug. 8. "The government is picking and choosing what faith is and who can live it out, and then targeting religious people with massive penalties while bureaucrats exempt millions of other people for political reasons."
President Obama addressed a rally on the Auraria Campus in Denver. He criticized his opponent, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, for favoring legislation the president said would "allow any employer to deny contraceptive coverage to their employees."