Irondale, Ala., Oct 6, 2017 / 08:47 am
The chairman of EWTN Global Catholic Network voiced optimism over an announcement by the Trump administration Friday broadening religious and moral exemptions to the HHS mandate.
"For more than five years, the HHS contraception mandate has forced Americans to violate their deeply held moral and ethical principles, without regard for the Constitution's guarantee of religious liberty," said Michael P. Warsaw, Chairman of the Board and CEO of EWTN, in an Oct. 6 statement.
"Together with our legal team, we are carefully considering the exemptions announced today and the impact this may have on our legal challenge to the mandate, but we are optimistic that this news will prove to be a step toward victory for the fundamental freedoms of many Americans."
The federal contraception mandate, an Obama-era HHS rule, requires employers' health plans to include coverage of sterilization and contraception, including some drugs that can cause abortion.