The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is blasting Vice President Joe Biden for claims he made during his debate with challenger Rep. Paul Ryan.
The bishops say Biden did not tell the truth about the Obama administration's plan to force employers to provide contraception coverage, including drugs that may cause abortion.
"No religious institution, Catholic or otherwise, none has to either refer contraception, none has to pay for contraception, none has to be a vehicle to get contraception in any insurance policy they provide," Biden claimed. "That is a fact. That is a fact."
The bishops say "this is not a fact," contending that Biden is completely wrong.
After the initial outrage over the new policy, the Health and Human Services Department said it came up with a compromise.
But the Bishops said that the so-called compromise does not relieve anyone from the mandate.
"That proposal does not even potentially relieve these organizations from the obligation 'to pay for contraception' and 'to be a vehicle to get contraception,'" they said in a new press statement.
"They will have to serve as a vehicle because they will still be forced to provide their employees with health coverage, and that coverage will still have to include sterilization, contraception, and abortifacients," they said.
That's why dozens of Catholic and Protestant institutions have filed lawsuits against the Obama administration to overturn the contraception mandate and restore their religious rights.
The Bishops are urging HHS to "eliminate the various infringements on religious freedom imposed by the mandate."