In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV, GOP presidential contender Newt Gingrich blasted President Barack Obama’s policy reversal on coverage of birth control and the morning-after pill saying the new policy “may actually be worse” than the rules that caused the controversy in the first place.

Liberal Catholics have sided with conservatives in opposing the Obama administration’s plan to require faith-based organizations to offer insurance policies that cover procedures the Catholic church finds morally unacceptable. So on Friday the president announced he would instead require all insurance companies to cover the pills and procedures, which include sterilization, free-of-charge and without co-pays.

“I think average Americans deeply resent the Obama administration trying to impose rules on religious institutions,” said Gingrich.