In spite of the president signing an executive order in May supposedly ensuring religious freedom for Americans, Obamacare's contraceptive mandate is still plaguing Christian organizations, and Cdl. Daniel DiNardo is asking why.
President Trump may be tackling the Leftist agendas regarding abortion and transgender issues in schools and the military, but he's not following through on his promise to abolish the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act, requiring employers to offer insurance coverage for abortifacient contraceptives to their employees.
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on Wednesday opined:
After meeting with President Trump in the Oval Office on May 4, I sat in the Rose Garden and listened as the president promised the "Little Sisters of the Poor that their 'long ordeal' with the government's contraceptive mandate 'would soon be over.'" Yet, here we are nearly three months later, and the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate still stands.
This mandate is still being leveled against secular pro-life groups by the courts. A split three-judge panel of the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled Friday that secular groups cannot opt-out of Obamacare's contraceptive mandate based on sincerely-held moral values.
Dissenting Judge Kent A. Jordan, a George W. Bush appointee, defended the pro-life plaintiff, Real Alternatives, saying sarcastically, "According to the government, the mandate has nothing to do with deep questions about the beginning of life or the boundaries of moral culpability or about faith and one's obligations to God."
Watch the panel discuss the Trump presidency's defense of moral values in The Download—Dismantling the Left's Agenda.