Dolan Says Birth-Control Mandate Is 'Strangling' Religious Freedom

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who is suing the Obama administration over its birth control mandate, said Tuesday that it is "strangling" religious freedom.

Speaking on CBS' "This Morning," Dolan defended Catholic dioceses decision to file suit in Brooklyn federal court, challenging the government mandate that requires most employers to provide birth control coverage.

"The exemption given to the churches is so strangling and so narrow, and it's also presumptuous that a bureau of the federal government is attempting to define for the church the extent of its ministry and ministers," Dolan said.

Dolan said the "straight-jacketing" of the exemption he finds "very dangerous."

The lawsuits filed in federal courts around the country represent the largest push against the mandate since President Barack Obama announced the policy in January.

"We have tried negotiation with the administration and legislation with the Congress, and we'll keep at it, but there's still no fix," Dolan said Monday.

Among those suing are the University of Notre Dame, the Archdioceses of Washington, New York and Michigan and the Catholic University of America.