Trump administration appeal probable in religious liberty case

Thursday, December 21, 2017
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

gavel with stethoscopeA traditional values group is confident the Trump administration will appeal a federal court ruling against changes in ObamaCare contraceptive requirements.

The Affordable Care Act (aka, ObamaCare) forced free coverage of contraception and abortion-causing drugs, but the Trump administration changed that to allow exemptions for individuals who have a religious or moral objection.

According to Randall Wenger, chief counsel for Pennsylvania Family Institute, a lawsuit was filed by Pennsylvania's attorney general on behalf of the state, and U.S. Federal Judge Wendy Beetlestone, an Obama appointee to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, has overturned the Trump rule, thereby reinstating terms of ObamaCare.

Wenger

"When you look at cases like these, the plaintiffs claim things like establishment of religion or violation of the Equal Protection Clause," says Wenger, "which is the furthest thing from the truth."

The attorney goes on to explain that giving these religious protections to people with religious or moral objections is thought to hurt one group of people more than another; but, in reality, the Constitution is supposed to protect religion.

Another lawsuit in the same vein is currently before a federal court in California, and Wenger expects a similar result as that of the Pennsylvania case.

"I'm sure these rulings will be appealed, and I am hopeful that ultimately we get a result that respects the rule of law," he states. "I'm very hopeful that at the end of the day what the Trump administration has done to protect religious liberty will stand."

Wenger argues that courts should be maximizing citizens' religious liberties and not shutting them down as if that first liberty – religious freedom – doesn't matter.

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