I’ll be honest. I’m not too worried about this. I’d rather it didn’t happen. But I’m not too worried. Yet. President Donald Trump has kept his word on putting a pro-life Constitutionalist on the U.S. Supreme Court. He’s reversed the Mexico City Policy. He’s allowed states to defund Planned Parenthood. So he’s given us reasons to trust him. So yeah, it appears that the administration is pressing pause a little bit but I think (I hope?) that it’s just a matter of just so many things on his desk right now.
The ACLU said they’re not happy so I figured it can’t be all bad, right?
The Justice Department on Monday asked a federal appeals court to extend a stay in a suit brought by religious groups seeking to overturn an Obama-era rule requiring employers cover birth control.
The department petitioned the Fifth-Circuit Court of Appeals for another 60 days to negotiate a solution with East Texas Baptist University and several other religious colleges, non-profits and churches that harbor religious objections to the birth control provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
The Justice Department’s continued participation in the case came as something of a surprise to religious groups since, during his run for office, Trump wrote a to the Catholic leadership Conference indicating he’d reverse the policy once in office.
Nuns speak to each other before Zubik v. Burwell, an appeal brought by Christian groups demanding full exemption from the requirement to provide insurance covering contraception under the Affordable Care Act, is heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on March 23, 2016. Joshua Roberts / Reuters file
“I will defend your religious liberties and the right to fully and freely practice your religion, as individuals, business owners and academic institutions,” the letter read. “I will make absolutely certain religious orders like The Little Sisters of Poor are not bullied by the federal government because of their religious beliefs.”
But Brigitte Amiri, a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, cautioned against reading too deeply into the decision, suggesting the time-consuming nature of drafting new rules was a more likely behind the court move.
“To be honest, I think it’s more of a ‘kicking the can down the road’ than anything else,” Amiri said. “We’re deeply concerned that, ultimately, the Trump administration is going to weaken or eliminate the contraception coverage requirement, but I don’t see this particular court filing as indicating anything, really, one way or the other.”
You know that moment when a wrestler really has his opponent beaten and he inexplicably stands up and climbs the ropes in order to deliver the flying elbow of death to his opponent. That’s what I’m hoping this is. Just a moment to heighten the drama before delivering the flying elbow of death.
My only concern is that how many times do you see the opponent get off the mat and deliver the forearm shiver to the guy with his back turned preparing to deliver the flying elbow of death. That’s the thing. Rule #1. When you have an opportunity to deliver the elbow of death don’t worry about making it a FLYING elbow of death, just bring it. Immediately.