Addressing an issue that won't go away, the Obama administration on Sunday defended its recent policy changes to a preventive-services rule that includes contraceptive services, despite strong opposition to the revision from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
“I'm not going to speak to the motives of any of the parties,” White House Chief of Staff Jacob Lew told host Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. “I do think it's quite significant that a range of Catholic organizations has embraced this. We didn't expect to get the universal support of the bishops or all Catholics,” he continued. “I think that what we have here is a policy that brings together two very important principles in a way that's true to the American tradition and that is what the president is trying to do.” Lew said those principles are access to healthcare and protecting religious liberties.