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Jun 19, 2017

The recent leak of the HHS mandate gives hope to religious business and ministries who have been penalized by the contraceptive mandate under Obama. Learn more at FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.


After litigating for nearly three years, First Liberty Institute’s religious ministry clients look to receive relief from the crippling penalties imposed by the HHS contraceptive mandate found in “Obamacare.”  Well, at least that what it seems. 

Our clients, several religious ministries from across the country, first filed suit seeking exemption from the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate in October of 2014 and have been waiting for resolution on appeal since the spring of 2015.  After the Supreme Court heard arguments in the Little Sisters of the Poor case, the Court told the Obama administration to work with clients like ours to find a resolution.  But, that never happened before President Obama left office. 

If the interim final rule recently leaked is adopted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, its broad protections for religious conscience of individuals, nonprofits, and businesses would all but end the pending lawsuits because the rule simply exempts from the mandate those who object for religious reasons.

As I recently explained to the press: “The Trump administration has clearly announced its intent to adopt an important new policy for religious ministries across the country: the government will no longer force a religious ministry to violate their faith or face a government penalty.”

Nothing is certain yet, but it is nice to know that someone in the Trump administration is working to protect the religious conscience of our clients.

To learn how First Liberty is protecting religious liberty for all Americans, visit FirstLiberty.org.

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