The question is whether or not the Federal Government should mandate that employers' health insurance plans give access to contraceptives. The opponents would
effectively block access to birth control for women if they had their way, based on the premise that a religion-associated employer should be exempt of the requirement. Of course, the compromise that the Obama administration put forth would require the insurance company to provide access at their expense while the religious entity basically gets to pretend that it doesn't exist.
In practice, this would have a chilling effect on women under their employ using those important services that they otherwise might choose
for themselves. This, or anything less, is giving undo influence to religion in an area (Federal health care regulation) that they have no business. It's as if the church came out and said that seat belts were an affront to God's will and that they, therefore, should be able to provide their employees with seat belt-less cars in contrast to Federal law mandating their installation. An individual employee of the church might have buckled up the next time she took the church van out on the road but found herself going through the windshield instead. And that's
religion's effect on driver safety!