Thursday, February 9, 2017

Trump administration has draft of Indiana-like RFRA executive order

By Matt McKinney
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INDIANA---A drafted executive order obtained by ABC News looks an awful lot like the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that now-Vice President Mike Pence signed in Indiana two years ago, which prompted national and local outrage and ultimately a "fix" to satisfy its many critics. The religious freedom executive order, titled as a draft as "Establishing a Government-Wide Initiative to Respect Religious Freedom," may never be signed by Trump, as it is still in draft. But if signed, it would exempt "all persons and religious organizations" from providing health care options like contraceptive coverage, and expand the definition of religious organization to include "closely held for-profit corporations, operated for a religious purpose, even if its purpose is not exclusively religious."[link]