Trump Administration Rolls Back Contraceptive Mandate

By Melanie Arter | October 6, 2017 | 7:16pm EDT
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders ( Arter)

( - The Trump administration on Friday issued new rules one of which allows “entities that have sincerely held religious beliefs” to opt out of Obamacare regulations requiring them to provide free contraceptives to employees.

The Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor announced two companion interim final rules providing “conscience protections to Americans who have a religious or moral objection to paying for health insurance that covers contraceptive/abortifacient services.”


“The second rule applies the same protections to organizations and small businesses that have objections on the basis of moral conviction which is not based in any particular religious belief,” HHS said in a press release.

The new rules are in response to President Donald Trump’s ”Presidential Executive Order Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty,” which he signed in May.

The American Civil Liberties Union announced that it is filing a lawsuit in response to the new rules.

“The president believes that the freedom to practice one’s faith is a fundamental right in this country, and I think all of us do, and that's all that today was about -- our federal government should always protect that right, and as long as Donald Trump is president, he will,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday.

When asked what she would say to women who have to pay women who have to pay more out of pocket for contraception coverage, Sanders said, “This is a president who supports the First Amendment, supports the freedom of religion. I don't think I understand why that should be an issue.  

“The Supreme Court has validated this decision certainly many times over, and the president is somebody who believes in the Constitution. If people don't like what the Constitution says, they should talk to Congress about changing it,” she said.

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