Healthcare Mandate
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Federal judge blocks contraceptive mandate exemption

by Leigh Jones
Posted 12/15/17, 04:44 pm

A federal judge on Friday temporarily blocked a Trump administration rule giving more employers an exemption to Obamacare’s contraception and abortifacient mandate. The rule, issued in October, allowed more employers to claim a religious objection to paying for the drugs. California, Washington, Massachusetts, Delaware, Maryland, New York, and Virginia all sued to block the rule from taking effect. U.S.

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Educator wins fight over on-campus faith discussions

Religious Liberty | School administrators agree they can’t fire someone for offering to pray for a co-worker
by Leigh Jones
Posted 11/14/17, 01:22 pm

Administrators at a Maine school district have dropped their bid to force a special education teacher to remain silent about her faith while on campus. In a new “coaching memorandum” sent to Toni Richardson last week, officials with the Augusta School Department acknowledged employees’ First Amendment right to privately discuss their religious beliefs with co-workers.

Employees can say things like “God bless you,” or “I am praying for you,” as long as students aren’t around.

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Powerful proclamations

Religious Liberty | Two big moves from the Trump administration make a bombshell day for religious liberty protections
by Emily Belz
Posted 10/06/17, 05:11 pm

After months of delays, vague promises, and frustrations from religious freedom advocates, the Trump administration issued two major documents on the same day that will establish immediate and wide-reaching religious freedom protections.

One is a regulation that has been long expected. Today the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) widely expanded the religious exemption to Obamacare's contraceptive and abortifacient mandate.

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