It will probably have passed most British readers by, but US politicians have been talking a lot about contraception recently. The short version is this. First, the Obama administration decided to mandate that church-affiliated employers offer insurance that covers contraception, regardless of their religious objections. Predictably, a political firestorm kicked off. So the Obama administration came up with a ‘compromise’ – church-affiliated employers won’t be charged for contraception coverage, but insurers have to provide it anyway.