Victory in HHS Contraceptive Mandate, but Threats Still Loom

Since 2014, First Liberty Institute has represented Insight for Living Ministries (IFLM), the international ministry of Pastor Charles Swindoll, as well as several Christian and Missionary Alliance (CMA) denomination members, in a lawsuit against the federal government’s contraceptive mandate.

“With the Trump administration’s decision in October 2017 to exempt organizations that have a religious belief or moral conviction—making compliance with the mandate impossible—the U.S. Department of Justice has settled its cases with IFLM and CMA, bringing their litigation to a conclusion” as well as preventing “future administrations from targeting the religious conscience of these ministries,” First Liberty said in a statement.

But in spite of the easing of the Obamacare abortion mandate, The Little Sisters of the Poor are heading back to court to defend themselves.

According to LifeNews, “two states [California and Pennsylvania] have filed suit to force the organization of Catholic nuns to pay for abortion drugs” and to remove any religious exemption.

As of press time, both hearings in the California lawsuit and Pennsylvania case were underway.