In a major victory for religious liberty, the Trump administration issued new regulations allowing more employers to opt out of providing contraception coverage that the Obama administration imposed on businesses and non-profits through the Affordable Care Act.
According to Christianity Today the Trump administration’s new “regulations exempt employers who object to treatments like birth control pills, emergency contraception, and sterilization due to ‘sincerely held religious beliefs’ or ‘moral convictions.'”
“The new rule is a victory for common sense,” said attorney Mark Rienzi, senior counsel with the Becket law firm, which represents the Little Sisters of the Poor. “The previous administration pursued a needless and divisive culture war. . . It should be easy for the courts to finalize this issue now that the government admits it broke the law.”
The Little Sisters of the Poor came to symbolize the opposition to the Obama administration’s mandate that would coerce the Sisters’ nursing homes — and similar Christian non-profits, hospitals, and businesses — to finance procedures that violate deeply cherished religious beliefs.
While Hobby Lobby won a Supreme Court case in 2014 that allowed religious exemption for certain private companies, according to Christianity Today “Christian colleges, charities, and non-profits have been battling the mandate in court ever since, and last year, the Supreme Court sent their cases back for more review.”
The rules of the Trump administration’s new policy are said to go into effect immediately once on display at the Federal Registrar’s office.