White House spokesman: ‘freedom to practice one’s faith is a fundamental right in this country’
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 9, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders promised that “as long as Donald Trump is president,” he will defend every American’s right to religious liberty.
“The President believes that the freedom to practice one's faith is a fundamental right in this country,” Huckabee Sanders said Friday, when the Trump administration released new guidelines ending an Obama regulation forcing Catholic employers to participate in the provision of birth control.
“I think all of us do,” Huckabee Sanders continued. “And that’s all that today was about. Our federal government should always protect that right, and as long as Donald Trump is President, he will.”
On Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) undid the Obama administration’s controversial contraception mandate. It would have forced Catholic nuns like the Little Sisters of the Poor – whose mission explicitly involves upholding the dignity of every human life – to participate in the provision of their employees’ birth control and abortifacient drugs.
The new rules also protect organizations with a moral, not just religious, objection to contraception.
One of Trump’s campaign promises was to end the coercive contraception mandate. Pro-life advocates praised his actions Friday as a major victory.
One of the "principal authors" of the new pro-freedom regulation is Matt Bowman, who previously worked for pro-life legal powerhouse Alliance Defending Freedom.