Thursday, July 9, 2020
During the 2016 presidential campaign, candidate Donald Trump pledged to end government abuse of the so-called contraception mandate. Health and Human Services (HHS) bureaucrats had been using this bizarre interpretation of Obamacare’s preventative care provision as a pretext for trampling on the conscience rights of organizations whose principals had religious or moral objections to paying for certain types of birth control. In October 2017, President Trump made good on his campaign promise by instructing HHS to issue a new rule dramatically expanding the mandate’s conscience exemption. Wednesday, in a 7-2 ruling, the Supreme Court upheld the exemption in Little Sisters of the Poor Saints Peter and Paul v. Pennsylvania.