Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, in effect called the "war on women" mantra a fraud perpetrated by those who would suppress religious freedom.
“This is good reminder, since, today, those who criticize the churches’ mobilization in defense of religious freedom often slyly muddy it with ‘war on women’ slogans,” he said.
Dolan named the HHS mandates as the specific threat to religious freedom.
“Thus, to say it again, the wide ecumenical and inter-religious outrage over the HHS mandate is not about its coverage of chemical contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs — in spite of the well-oiled mantra from our opponents — but upon the raw presumption of a bureau of the federal government to define a church’s minister, ministry, message, and meaning,” he said.
You can read the entire speech here.