Trump released new regulations Friday relaxing an Obama-era requirement that nearly all employers offer health insurance that covers a wide array of contraceptive methods.
Catholic nuns to Supreme Court: Obamacare birth control work-around an unconstitutional ‘hijacking’
In a 7-2 decision, the Court’s majority sided with the sisters in the latest round of lawsuits against them over the mandate, this time brought by the states of Pennsylvania and California, who argued that the exemption crafted by the Trump administration for organizations with religious or moral objections to the mandate shifted the cost of providing contraceptive coverage to the states and was procedurally flawed.
“We hold today that the Departments had the statutory authority to craft that exemption, as well as the contemporaneously issued moral exemption,” the majority found. “We further hold that the rules promulgating these exemptions are free from procedural defects.”
In 2017, the Trump administration issued a new rule by invoking the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act, stating that employers could object to paying for employees’ birth control on religious or moral grounds. Pennsylvania and New Jersey quickly filed lawsuits, securing a nationwide injunction in federal court.
“The glaring feature of what the government has done in expanding [President Trump’s] exemption is to toss to the winds entirely Congress’s instruction that women need and shall have seamless, no-cost, comprehensive [health] coverage,” said Justice Ginsburg, who spoke frequently and at-length during Wednesday’s arguments.
Francis Trauger a former Catholic priest in Archdiocese of Philadelphia, is sentenced to 18-36 months in prison plus 7 yrs probation after he pleads guilty to two counts of indecent assault to a child under 13.
Charges were filed last year after two men accused Trauger of molesting them while they were two altar boys at Saint Michael the Archangel Church in Tullytown in the 1990s and 2000s
Michael McDonnell says he was sexually assaulted by Trauger when he was 12. He was an altar boy at St. Titus Parish in Norristown. But the former priest was never charged because it went past the statue of limitations.
A 14-year-old’s #Facebook message, “I don’t want to be here anymore,” helped investigators dismantle a human trafficking ring in #Malvern, PA. and ended in the arrests of three men. The additional individuals arrested in East Whiteland Township include 25-year-old Diana Ordonez, 29-year-old Luis Cabrera Peralta, 45-year-old Nestor Ruiz, 35-year-old Juan Jumberto Ortiz, and 23-year-old Carlos Villatoro Gallegos.