Contraceptive mandate

Trump administration expands exemptions on contraceptive mandate

A group of Little Sisters of the Poor joined other women walking down the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington in 2016 after attending oral arguments in the Zubik v. Burwell contraceptive mandate case.

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration Oct. 6 issued interim rules expanding the exemption to the contraceptive mandate for religious employers, such as the Little Sisters of the Poor, who object on moral grounds to covering contraceptive and abortion-inducing drugs and devices in their employee health insurance.

Leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops praised the action as "a return to common-sense, long-standing federal practice and peaceful coexistence between church and state."

Federal judge says New York Archdiocese's HHS lawsuit can move forward

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- A U.S. District Court judge has ruled that a lawsuit challenging the federal contraceptive mandate filed by the Archdiocese of New York and two other Catholic entities can move forward.

The defendants -- the U.S. departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury -- filed a request that the case be dismissed, claiming the mandate is not causing "imminent injury" and that the government plans changes to accommodate religious groups that object to the requirement on moral grounds.

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