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On Friday, Oct. 6, the Trump administration issued a rule that sharply limits the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage mandate. CUA Law professor Mark Rienzi was asked for his view on this decision by various media outlets. See below. 
 

 

He’s with Them: The President helps liberate the Little Sisters of the Poor to exercise their faith.

From: The Wall Street Journal
Date: Oct. 6, 2017
By: James Freeman

President Trump is prone to crude language and gestures. His behavior can be inexplicable. He came to the job with no experience in government and it often shows. But he understands, unlike his increasingly radical political adversaries, that the federal government has no business forcing nuns to pay for pills that terminate pregnancies. And he’s not afraid to stand outside the media consensus.

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Trump undermines U.S. birth control coverage requirement

From: Reuters
Date: Oct. 6, 2017
By: Sarah N. Lynch, Caroline Humer

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"HHS has issued a balanced rule that respects all sides - it keeps the contraceptive mandate in place for most employers and now provides a religious exemption," said Mark Rienzi, one of the lawyers for the Little Sisters of the Poor. The order of Roman Catholic nuns, which runs care homes for the elderly, had challenged the mandate in court.

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HHS Relief for Religious Nonprofits Finally in Sight

From: National Catholic Register
Date: Oct. 11, 2017
By: Brian Fraga

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"I assume the government’s lawyers won’t step in the way of the parties getting that relief," said Mark Rienzi, senior counsel for Becket, which represented the Little Sisters of the Poor and other groups that fought the mandate.

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Analysis | In a stunner on birth control, Trump’s moral exemption is geared to just 2 groups

From: Kaiser Health News
Date: Oct. 17, 2017
By: Julie Rovner

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So what’s the difference between religious beliefs and moral convictions?

Theoretically, it would be someone who says "I don’t have a belief in God," but "I oppose contraception for reasons that have nothing to do with religion or God,"said Mark Rienzi, a senior counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represented many of the organizations that sued the Obama administration over the contraceptive mandate.

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Little Sisters of the Poor Cheer Changes to Contraception Mandate

From: The Weekly Standard
Date: Oct. 6, 2017
By: John McCormack
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The new rules were applauded by the lead attorney for the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of Catholic nuns who serve the elderly poor and have been challenging the Obama administration's mandate in court. "This appears to be a common-sense, balanced rule and a great step forward for religious liberty," said the Little Sisters' lawyer Mark Rienzi, senior counsel at the Becket Fund. 'The Little Sisters still need to get final relief in court, which should be easy now that the government admits it broke the law.'"
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Mark Rienzi  

Professor Mark L. Rienzi's
Areas of Expertise

Religious Liberty

Free Speech

Abortion

Fourteenth Amendment

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