UPDATED 7:56 AM PT — Thurs. Nov. 8, 2018
Nearly one-year after taking a stand for religious Americans, President Trump has delivered on his promise to weaken Obamacare’s so-called birth control mandate.
The Department of Health and Human Services issued its final rules on Wednesday, expanding exemptions on the grounds of religious or moral convictions. This is expected to provide protection to about 200 small businesses and non-profit organizations.
While this is a step in the right direction, the exemptions do not apply to large companies with stake in the stock market or to government institutions.
Despite left-wing activists calling this an attack on women, the move does not affect access to free or subsidized contraception for low-income women.
As President Trump protects access to reproductive health options, he’s also fighting for those who are often over-looked, including the Little Sisters of the Poor.
The nuns of the Catholic charity have dedicated their lives to serving the poor and elderly, but were steam rolled in court by former President Obama. That administration wanted to force the nuns to provide contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilization measures against their deeply held beliefs.
“We want to really point out that the Little Sisters of the Poor and other people of faith, they live by a beautiful calling, and we will not let bureaucrats take away that calling or take away their rights.” — President Donald Trump
Additionally, the controversial Obama-era rule was also the focus of a landmark Supreme Court ruling back in 2014, where the justices ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby seeking a religious exemption from the mandate.
The final rules will go into affect in 60 days, but pro-choice groups and left-wing activists are already threatening to take the issue back to court.