US: employers no longer obliged to pay for their employees’ “birth control”

President Trump signs the Executive Order on Promoting FreeUnder President Trump, sanity and justice seem to slowly return into US politics.

Following up on a pledge by President Trump made during his election campaign, federal officials have drafted a provision contained in former President Obama’s “Affordable Care Act” (aka “Obamacare”) that required employers to provide so-called “birth control” coverage in health insurance plans. The provision, which cynically defined contraception (including some methods that objectively must be qualified as chemical abortion) as part of “health care” and thus obliged employers to pay for (some of) their employee’s questionable lifestyle choices, was one of the most controversial in Obama administration policies adopted under the Affordable Care Act, and it generated scores of lawsuits by employers that had conscientious objections to it.

On its website, the White House Office of Management and Budget said it is reviewing an “interim final rule” to relax the requirement, a step that so-called “women’s rights groups” (a euphemism for groups ho think that mothers should have the “right” to kill their children) have announced they will challenge in court. The aim of these groups is not only to make baby-killing legal, but also to get the extra kick of forcing those who still have intact and functioning consciences to get involved in it.

At a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House, President Trump celebrated the faith of the Little Sisters of the Poor, a 178-year-old religious order that refused to comply with the contraceptive coverage mandate and fought it all the way to the Supreme Court. The president invited the Little Sisters to join him on the dais, announced that they “sort of just won a lawsuit” and told them that their “long ordeal will soon be over.”

“With this executive order,” Mr. Trump said, “we are ending the attacks on your religious liberty.”

While this expression of respect for the brave Sisters is certainly worthy of praise, it nevertheless is clear that not being forced to provide moral and financial support for irresponsible sexual behaviours and the often homicidal consequences deriving from them should not be a privilege of some specifically “religious” groups, but a right to be enjoyed by everyone. After all, rejection of abortion and medical contraception is not just some kind of “religious belief”, but it is a viewpoint that is shared by all those in possession of sound moral judgement.