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Trump Administration Releases New Pro-Life Regulations Last week, immediately following the election, the Trump administration released three new pro-life regulations to help protect the conscience rights of American families and employers when purchasing health insurance. Each is aimed at undoing Obama-era regulations that were put in place in pursuit of implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The first two regulations seek to provide employers with religious and moral exemptions to the Obama-era “HHS Contraceptive Mandate.” If implemented, the new rules …

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Federal Judge Blocks Religious Accommodation to HHS Contraceptive Mandate

A federal judge in Pennsylvania has placed a nationwide temporary hold on the Trump Administration’s accommodations for persons with moral or religious objections to the HHS Contraceptive Mandate. Judge Wendy Beetlestone, a district judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, on Friday issued a temporary injunction on the Administration’s newly implemented accommodation. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro (D) filed the case against the Trump Administration. Several other states including California, Massachusetts, and Washington State have …

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Trump Administration Lifts Onerous HHS Contraceptive Mandate, Litigation Ensues

On Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reversed the deeply controversial Obama-era Contraceptive Mandate which had forced religious employers to violate their religious beliefs by facilitating access to contraception in their employer-sponsored health care plans. Following the release of new HHS guidelines, Attorney General of California Xavier Becerra (D), Attorney General of Massachusetts Maura Healey (D), Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) were quick …

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When will Congress Stop Federal Funding for Abortion?

According to a report in The Hill, an abortion-related conscience protection provision in the version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed by the House last month may be not be allowed to stay in the bill in its current form. The House version of the AHCA includes provisions which would prevent federal tax credits from being used to subsidize eligible health care plans that include coverage for elective abortion. The Senate parliamentarian, however, …

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House Bill on No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Is Stronger than Hyde Amendment

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would permanently prevent taxpayer dollars from being used to pay for abortion. The bill , titled the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Disclosure Act of 2017” (H.R. 7), would amend federal law to make the Hyde Amendment permanent. Currently, the Hyde Amendment is subject to Congressional approval every year in the annual appropriations or omnibus spending bill. Currently, a companion bill in the Senate …

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Science Ignored: Dissecting Pregnancy as a Disease

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court decided Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, and ruled the federal government could not require closely-held corporations to provide no-cost contraception for their employees. Although that was the question before the Supreme Court, there were many things the Supreme Court didn’t have the jurisdiction to rule on yesterday.  And the most important of these issues–the basic premise at the root of the case’s ideological divide–was not up for debate: that contraception …

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