Nuns pleased with new contraception rule
Lawyers for Catholic nuns who challenged the Obama-era “contraception mandate” cheered the Trump administration’s expanded carve-out Thursday, saying they hoped the final rules would end “a long and unnecessary culture war fight.”
“This should be the end of the story. I suspect it won’t be the end of the story,” said Mark Rienzi, president of Becket, a nonprofit law firm representing the Little Sisters of the Poor, a charity that became the face of lawsuits against President Obama’s contraception mandate.
Mr. Rienzi feared more litigation is ahead, as California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and other liberals challenge Mr. Trump’s approach.
The latest rules, issued late Wednesday, allow closely held businesses and religious charities and universities employers to refuse to insure birth control by claiming “sincerely held religious beliefs” or a moral objection.
Objectors would not have to complete an optout form — an Obama requirement that led to litigation and a 4-4 deadlock at the Supreme Court.