Reality: They don’t want the federal government forcing them to pay for contraception and abortion.

(CNSNews.com) — Roman Catholic bishops and other religious leaders have failed to keep women from using birth control and now want the “police power of the state” to stop women from doing so, National Organization for Women President Terry O’Neill said Thursday at a gathering of feminist activists.

“The bishops have not been able to convince Catholic women to not take birth control,” O’Neill said. “We know this because 98 percent of sexually active [Catholic] women take birth control at some point in their lives — just like 98 percent of sexually active non-Catholic women take birth control at some point in their lives.

“So the bishops have failed,” she said. “And the evangelical preachers that don’t want their women to take birth control — they have failed.”

As a result, O’Neill argued, these religious leaders are now “demanding that the government step in and use the force and power and police power of the state to prevent women from taking birth control because the bishops have failed.”

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