The Trump administration claimed that the Little Sisters of the Poor’s victory at the Supreme Court Wednesday concerning a contraception mandate was a win of its own over President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany in a statement praised the court for siding against the “overly rigid and misguided efforts” of the Obama administration to require the Little Sisters to provide contraceptive access in their healthcare plans. McEnany contrasted Obama with Trump, who she said “has sought to lift burdens on religious exercise” for people in every religion “since day one.”
“This administration will continue working to protect healthcare, including contraceptive healthcare, for the American people,” she said. “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.”
The case arose after the state governments of New Jersey and Pennsylvania sued the Trump administration for exempting the Little Sisters from the contraception mandate in 2017. The Little Sisters have been involved in litigation over the contraception mandate almost since the rule was instituted, a fact that Justice Clarence Thomas noted in his majority opinion.
Trump often references his efforts to aid the Little Sisters in his speeches on religious liberty, most notably at the 2020 March for Life.
“We’ve taken decisive action to protect the religious liberty,” Trump said in reference to the Little Sisters. “So important. Religious liberty has been under attack all over the world and frankly very strongly attacked in our nation.”
Source: Washington Examiner: Trump claims Little Sisters court decision as a victory against Obama legacy