Christian Groups Thank Trump For Cutting Off Birth Control Access For 55 Million Women

Several conservative Christian groups expressed their support for President Donald Trump’s decision to rollback the contraceptive mandate, which required employer-based health insurance plans to provide free birth control to women.

Trump’s choice to roll back the mandate will cause about 55 million women will lose their access to birth control.

Focus on the Family’s political arm, the Family Policy Alliance, falsely claimed that birth control caused abortions:

Today, President Trump announced that his administration kept his promise to protect religious freedom by providing relief to employers who have a faith-based objection to providing contraceptives, including drugs that can sometimes cause an early abortion!

Paul Weber, President of Family Policy Alliance (pictured above), claimed that Trump was protecting religious freedom by denying millions of women birth control: “President Trump deserves to be thanked for upholding his promise on religious freedom.”

Several more male spokespersons for conservative Christian groups were static about women losing their birth control.

Mark Rienzi, senior counsel at The Becket Fund, told The Christian Post: “The new rule is a victory for common sense.”

Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, told the news site:

This is a great day for religious liberty. The attorney general’s guidance reinforces President Trump’s commitment to religious freedom. The president has made promises in this regard, and today he is delivering on those promises.

Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Gregory S. Baylor added:

The rule protects the conscience convictions of organizations like March for Life, an organization that bases its pro-life beliefs on science and philosophy, and hosts the largest pro-life gathering in the world every year in Washington, D.C.

However, Interfaith Alliance President Rabbi Jack Moline said in a statement:

This is another huge gift from the president to the Religious Right. It has nothing to do with religious freedom and everything to do with establishing a right for one group to force its religious beliefs onto others.

Religious freedom is a fundamental right, worthy of the highest protections. But something very different is at stake here. People of faith have the right to seek exemptions from laws that violate their personal religious convictions, but they don’t get to force their religious views onto others.

(Sources: Family Policy Alliance, The Christian Post, Photo Credit: Family Policy Alliance)

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