WNY Catholics Continue to Oppose Birth Control

February 16, 2012 Updated Feb 16, 2012 at 12:43 AM EDT

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February 16, 2012 Updated Feb 16, 2012 at 12:43 AM EDT

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Amherst, NY

For the past ten years contraception coverage has been included in healthcare packages for all employees in the State of New York, even those working for religious employers.

"While those insurers here carry that in our state we are doing it under protest," said Bishop Edward Kmiec of the Diocese of Buffalo.

This new federal mandate would effect religious-employers throughout the country and would ensure that all women have access to birth control which has angered pro-life supporters.

"What are they going to ask the church and the government to do next? They want them to pay for their condoms and their spermicidal jellies? I mean seriously, why should we have to pay for something that we don't believe in? Why should anyone have to pay for what someone is doing in the bedroom?" said Rebecca Kiessling, a Pro-Life speaker.

Karen Nelson the CEO of Planned Parenthood of Western New york disagrees and says you can't ignore the statistics..

"In an area like western New York, Niagara Falls, and Buffalo where we have such a high teen pregnancy rate, access to birth control is especially important so I don't know why anyone would be against it."

Catholic organizations like the St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center which is sponsored by the Diocese of Buffalo, vow to continue fighting the mandate and keep saving one-baby at a time through their program.

"What we have found is if they know there is an opportunity for them to get help and to get assistance that they don't have to go it alone that's what our mission really is to let them know we are there regardless of if they're Catholic, if they're Presbyterian, Baptist or of no faith at all," said Cheryl Calire, Director of Pro-Life Activities for the Diocese of Buffalo and Director the St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center.

The new mandate takes effect August 2013.