Washington (CNN) - Forty-two conservative leaders issued coordinated statements Monday in opposition to the policy from the Obama administration over the role religious institutions play in contraception.
ForAmerica, a non-profit organization chaired by L. Brent Bozell III, organized the offensive, support for which came from a cross-section of conservatives including Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Tea Party Patriot Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin, former White House counselor Ed Gillespie, President of the Family Research Council Tony Perkins and conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart.
Bozell, a writer and activist who previously served as president of the Parents Television Council, called the policy the "greatest assault on religious freedom in the history of the Republic."
The original proposal from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which was met with opposition from religious circles, some members of Congress and the Republican presidential candidates, among others, said religious institutions, except churches, would be forced to cover contraception beginning next year.
However President Barack Obama announced a compromise on Friday saying institutions with religious affiliations, like hospitals and universities, will not be required to include contraception in their health insurance plans. Instead, insurers will now be forced to offer coverage at no cost to women employed by the institutions.
But Rep. Jordan said the ruling is an example the current administration thinks "its political goals trump the religious faith of American citizens."
"That isn't right, fair, or constitutional," he said a statement.
"These are serious consequences for electing a cultural Marxist manufactured in the radical academic trenches where the destruction of humanities departments and replacement with nihilism foretold our current predicament," Breitbart said.