While the nation is embroiled in a battle over whether Catholic employers can be forced to provide contraception coverage, the Mishawaka, Ind.-based Franciscan Alliance has taken a pioneering step to provide witness to the Catholic alternative to contraception. As of July, the alliance began offering a natural family planning benefit to all employees.
“We have to credit an employee with coming up with the idea. Sometimes the best ideas come from employees,” said Franciscan Sister Jane Marie Klein, chairman of Franciscan Alliance, which operates 14 hospitals in Indiana and Illinois. After an employee raised the possibility, the alliance acted on the suggestion.
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