CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Bishop of Charleston is speaking out against a new health insurance policy mandated by the Obama administration.
The policy requires employers to cover contraceptives, sterilization and the morning after pill.
Critics say it will force Catholic employers to choose between providing health care and betraying their religious beliefs.
"I insist that this is a direct attack on our religious freedom and our first amendment rights," Bishop Robert Guglielmone said in a statement.
Religious organizations that don't provide contraceptive coverage based on religious beliefs will have an extra year, until August 2013, to comply with the rules.