During the Vice Presidential debate, Joe Biden said that religious institutions do not have to pay for contraception. The U.S. Conference of Bishops responded with a letter, saying that Biden’s statement was not true.
During the debate with Paul Ryan, Biden said, “With regard to the assault on the Catholic Church, let me make it absolutely clear, No religious institution — Catholic or otherwise, including Catholic social services, Georgetown Hospital, Mercy Hospital, any hospital — 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. That is a fact. That is a fact.”
The U.S. Conferences of Bishops responded: “That is not a fact. The HHS (Health and Human Services) mandate contains a narrow, four-part exemption for certain ‘religious employers.’”
The bishops have been arguing since February that Obamacare forces Catholic institutions to provide contraception to employees by way of health coverage. The issue is being hashed out in over 40 lawsuits across the United States.