Clarice Feldman surveys the field in an excellent American Thinker piece.
FEELINGS, NOTHING MORE THAN FEELINGS: The Politico reports on Obama's careful analysis behind the contraception decision:
In the end, Obama was motivated by personal conviction, aides said. He made the passionate case that several million women — many neither Catholic nor rich enough to pay $60 a month for contraception — should have access to free birth control, even while working for church-run institutions.
Let's move past Obama's "free" fantasy and ponder a different question - just how many women work for Catholic-run groups? I don't know either but since the entire US workforce is roughly 130 million, I doubt whether "millions" of poor women are working for the Catholic Church.
Maybe we can develop a bit of a ballpark figure. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishps website includes these employment factoids:
In 2003-2004, the total, full-time equivalent teaching staff in Catholic elementary/middle and secondary schools was 162,337. (That was with a total student enrollment of roughly 2.5 million)
Catholic hospitals employ over 598,934 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs).
Today, the Catholic Charities network — more than 1,600 local agencies and institutions nationwide — provide help... thanks to the dedication of more than 51,000 staff and 175,000 volunteers.
We are not provided with an employment figure for Catholic universities and colleges. However, were are told that
Over 720,000 students attend 221 Catholic colleges and universities in the United States.
That is roughly one third the number of students in the elementary and secondary schools. If total employment at the lower levels is 162,337 it can hardly be higher for the colleges and universities.
So, adding up charities, hospitals, schools and colleges we come to total employment of about 970,000 (600,000 + 50,000 +2 x 160,000).
Well, if all of those employees are women with a twin sister we can get to "millions" of women. Otherwise, it appears that Obama went to mandates based on phony intelligence.
Oh, whatever - we never took that "reality-based" stuff seriously anyway.