Faith under Fire: Change to the Birth-control Mandate Exemption in PA

12.21.17 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

Maybe you recall the cases of Conestoga Wood, Hobby Lobby, and Little Sisters of the Poor. Those groups sought to be exempt from providing birth-control or abortive drugs to staff.

In May, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Little Sister of the Poor.

Two months ago, the Trump Administration granted exemptions to employers who object to treatments like birth control pills, emergency contraception, and sterilization due to “sincerely held religious beliefs” or “moral convictions.”

Last week (Dec. 15, 2017), a federal judge in Pennsylvania ruled to temporarily block the Trump Administration's exemption that would allow groups to opt out of the birth control.

Randall Wenger, Chief Counsel for Independence Law Center in Pennsylvania helps Family Life listeners understand what the ruling means.


Articles:

Article from The Hill Dec. 15, 2017

Article from The Morning Call Dec. 15, 2017

Article Christianity Today Oct. 6, 2017

Article from The National Review May 16, 2017

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