The announcement of the rule change provoked outrage from evangelical Christians, Orthodox Jews and other religious denominations. No voice was louder than that of the Catholic bishops, whose president, Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan of New York, called the rules "un-American" and a "violation of conscience."Notice there's no "rank-and-file Catholics" in there. Because Catholics in the US overwhelmingly oppose the Vatican's prohibition of birth control.
On many issues, Catholics tend to mirror the electorate at large. In particular, Catholic voters do not approve of schools teaching abstinence-only programs in schools. Six in ten (64%) oppose requiring high school sex education programs to only teach abstinence. They also believe insurance companies should be required to cover and pharmacists required to sell birth control pills. Three-quarters of Catholics support requiring health insurance plans to cover birth control pills (75%). Nearly eight in ten (78%) oppose allowing pharmacists to refuse to fill birth control prescriptions.