AUSTIN, Texas — Catholic bishops are directing churches across Texas to refrain from working with an organization that bills itself as “pro-life,” exposing a widening rift in the state’s anti-abortion movement.

The Austin American-Statesman reports that the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops released a written directive Thursday. The group sets policy for the parishes serving 8.3 million Catholics in Texas.

The directive states that Texas Right to Life has engaged in misleading attacks against political candidates, lied about the Catholic Church’s position on state legislation and argued that church-supported bills don’t do enough to limit abortions.

Right to Life leaders haven’t returned calls from the newspaper seeking comment.

The directive shows a long-simmering rift over tactics and priorities that are dividing groups with a similar goal to end legal abortion.

Information from: Austin American-Statesman,