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Apr 13, 2018

After three years of litigation First Liberty clients are seeing relief after the Obama-era “contraceptive mandate” was rolled back by the Trump Administration. The new interim final rule should provide exemptions and protection from future administrations. Learn more at FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.


Well, looks like it’s finally over.  After three years of litigation, First Liberty Institute clients, including Insight for Living Ministries and several ministries of the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination received final relief from the U.S. Department of Justice in their fight for an exemption from the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate. The mandate forced ministries and other nonprofit organizations into the position of adhering to their religious beliefs or obeying the law.

This settlement came about a month after the Trump administration announced a new interim final rule rolling back the Obama-era, so-called “contraceptive mandate” and provides exemptions that should prevent future administrations from targeting the religious conscience of these ministries.

We are pleased that our clients can now get back to serving others instead of defending themselves against the government’s attacks on their faith.  This should be a decision between these ministries and the God they serve, rather than one imposed by the government.

Of course, the last three years of litigation could have been avoided entirely if the Obama administration had simply recognized that the First Amendment protects the rights of conscience of these religious ministries against an administration intent on coercing their obedience.

We are grateful that the Trump administration has agreed to end this unnecessary and harmful assault on religious liberty.

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

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