Cravaack calls HHS birth control order “an act of federal aggression”

WASHINGTON – A new Obama administration rule that would require all health insurance plans to provide birth control has been dubbed “an act of federal aggression” by first-term Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack.

Republicans have seized on the new requirement as a potent political issue in what’s likely to be a closely-fought election. They’re particularly incensed that the rule would apply to religious organizations that have previously not offered contraception as part of their health insurance policies.

Cravaack, who is Catholic, gave a brief floor speech in the U.S. House on Wednesday morning to protest the new policy.

“This is a direct attack against on religious liberty for all religions,” said Cravaack. His remarks follow a similar speech by House Speaker John Boehner, who’s also Catholic, who also gave a blistering speech opposing the policy.

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