While the Catholic Health Association – which represents the nation’s Catholic hospitals – has long been an ally of President Obama, on Friday they officially came out in opposition to the President’s controversial contraception mandate in a letter sent to his Department of Health and Human Services.

President Obama had thought that he had put the matter to rest with a “compromise” months ago, the Catholic Health Association has just now spoken up against it.

In a letter to the federal Health and Human Services department, the hospital group said the compromise initially seemed to be “a good first step” but that examination of the details proved disappointing. The plan would be “unduly cumbersome” to carry out and “unlikely to adequately meet the religious liberty concerns” of all its members, the group said.

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