President Donald Trump is celebrating a significant legal victory.
The Washington Examiner reports that the Trump administration is declaring the Supreme Court’s recent decision in the Little Sisters of the Poor contraception mandate case to be a victory over former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
Little Sisters win at Supreme Court
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court issued a ruling in the aforementioned case involving the Little Sisters of the Poor, a group of Catholic nuns who care for economically disadvantaged elderly people, as Fox News reported.
According to NPR, Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandated that health care coverage include contraceptive devices and drugs without copays, regardless of the nature of the organization or employer providing the policy. In other words, Catholic nuns were essentially forced by the government to provide birth control, contrary to their own religious beliefs on the matter.
Realizing how burdensome this policy could be on the Little Sisters of the Poor and similarly situated groups, President Trump expanded exemptions to the contraception mandate to include religiously-affiliated organizations and some for-profit entities. The ruling in this case addressed a dispute with the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, which sued to overturn the broadened exemptions, as CNBC noted.
The case, which had been making its way through the courts since 2017, was finally resolved Wednesday in a 7–2 decision affirming the validity of the Trump administration’s rule.
The ruling was heralded as a massive victory on Wednesday by White House press secretary Kaleigh McEnany.
In a statement, McEnany contrasted the Trump administration’s approach to health care and contraceptive access to that of its predecessor, which she described as “overly rigid and misguided.”
“Unlike the last administration, however, we have the courage of our convictions: We are allowing women who lack access to contraceptive coverage because of their employer’s religious beliefs or moral convictions to more easily access such care through the Title X program at little to no cost,” McEnany said, according to the Examiner.
McEnany also assured the citizenry that the Trump administration “will continue working to protect healthcare, including contraceptive healthcare, for the American people.”
Trump campaign weighs in
Following the decision, President Trump’s 2020 campaign hailed the news from the high court, saying in a statement:
Joe Biden’s decade-long war against Catholic nuns and the Little Sisters of the Poor is finally over. Today’s Supreme Court ruling is a landmark win for religious liberty. Unlike Joe Biden, President Trump has been a staunch defender of religious freedom since taking office and will always fight to defend communities of faith.
Several of the justices pointed out that this case may not truly be over and that Pennsylvania and New Jersey may force the Little Sisters back into court to try to nullify Trump’s exemption on other grounds. But for now, the Little Sisters and the Trump administration are celebrating, with Sister Constance Veit explaining to Fox:
We always knew that God would protect us. We really trust in his providential care. And so, we knew that somehow, someday he would work things out for us.