HICKSVILLE - Cardinal Timothy Dolan addressed over 500 students at Holy Trinity High School in Hicksville today about the Obama administration's policy that requires employers and health insurance companies to provide coverage for contraception.
"We are not trying to impose our teaching on anybody," Dolan said. "We are simply saying, 'Don't impose your teachings upon us and make us do as a church what we find unconscionable to do.'"
Though the federal rules wouldn't require the Catholic Church to pay for contraception, private insurance companies used by the church for its employees would have to include it in their coverage.
The cardinal says this is not an issue of contraception, but rather that of religious freedom.
However, Joann Smith, the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Nassau County, said in a statement that it's a matter of women's health care.
On Thursday, the U.S. Senate defeated a Republican measure that would've exempted insurers from covering contraception on moral or religious grounds. Dolan says he supports legal action to reverse the decision.