Conscientious Affordable Care Act Relief for Christians
Today President Trump overturned the violence perpetrated by the Obama Administration in its direct assault against family, life, and conscience through the “birth control mandate” in the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare). Under President Obama, the ACA required all employers provide contraceptives under company health insurance to their staff, without room for conscientious objection. Human Life International (HLI) President Shenan J. Boquet: “The Trump Administration’s willingness to support conscience rights and religious freedoms is heartening to those of us defending faith, marriage, life, family.” He continued:
The Culture of Death is so profoundly narcissistic that it considers the rights of others completely irrelevant. It is unjust to force others to support acts and philosophies they find deeply offensive and immoral. We congratulate President Donald Trump for recognizing the injustice of so-called “free” birth control, which disregarded conscience and religious freedom.
It is refreshing to have a leader who is, with courage and conviction, standing up to the Death Peddlers and their perverse agendas, saying that, “If you want to promote these agendas, you can do so on your own dime, not at the expense of religious freedom and conscience!”
According to “The Hill”, Senior HHS officials who declined to be named said the intent of the rule is to provide “relief” to groups that have been engaged in legal battles over the mandate since its inception in 2012. One stated: ‘We should have space for organizations to live out their religious ideas and not face discrimination because of their religious ideas. That was the case beforehand, and that ends today.’”
Contraceptive Mandate Lifted After Years of Litigation
President Obama’s move had forced dozens of Christian and Catholic companies – such as EWTN Global Catholic Network, Hobby Lobby and even the Little Sisters of the Poor – to go to court to fight against the repression. Twice, according to LifeNews.com, the Supreme Court accepted cases and both times sided respectively with Hobby Lobby and the Sisters of the Poor.
“The court ruled that Hobby Lobby and other similar businesses were protected by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, which states that an individual’s religious expression shouldn’t be “substantially burdened” by a law unless there is a ‘compelling government interest.’”