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BREAKING: Trump Administration Ends Rule Requiring Nuns to Fund Contraception

Claire Chretien : Oct 6, 2017  LifeSiteNews

"No American should be forced to choose between the dictates of the federal government and the tenants of their faith." -President Donald Trump

(Washington, DC) — [LifeSiteNews.com] The Trump administration issued an order today ending the federal requirement that employers violate their consciences to participate in the provision of employees' contraceptives and abortifacient drugs. (Photo: Congresswoman Diane Black with members of the Little Sisters of the Poor at the rally outside the Supreme Court, via LifeSiteNews)

The Obama administration's Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) began this mandate, often called the HHS contraceptive mandate. The Little Sisters of the Poor, pro-life nuns who care for the elderly, along with Hobby Lobby and other religious entities, refused to comply. The Little Sisters of the Poor providing contraceptive and life-ending drugs and devices would explicitly contradict their mission of respecting the dignity of every human life.

"HHS has issued a balanced rule that respects all sides—it keeps the contraceptive mandate in place for most employers and now provides a religious exemption," said Mark Rienzi, senior counsel at Becket and lead attorney for the Little Sisters of the Poor. "The Little Sisters still need to get final relief in court, which should be easy now that the government admits it broke the law."

The new rules, which are nearly 300 pages in total, prevent the Little Sisters of the Poor and other conscientious objectors from litigation.

"The United States has a long history of providing conscience protections in the regulation of health care for entities and individuals with objections based on religious beliefs or moral convictions," the new rules state. "These rules do not alter multiple other Federal programs that provide free or subsidized contraceptives for women at risk of unintended pregnancy."

The Supreme Court offered relief from the burdensome mandate to Hobby Lobby and other for-profit corporations in its 5-4 ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

President Trump promised to end the coercive mandate during his campaign. He signed a religious liberty executive order in May 2017 that seemed to begin this process, although some social conservatives blasted it for being "woefully inadequate" and much weaker than an initial leaked version. Today's new rules fulfill this executive…

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