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Executive Order on Religious Liberty

In May 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order directing HHS and other federal agencies to protect the Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious ministries from the HHS Mandate.

Following the order, HHS Secretary Tom Price said that HHS “will be taking action in short order” to protect the Little Sisters and other religious ministries harmed by the Mandate. This means:

  1. The agencies must fix their rules to exempt the Little Sisters and other religious groups from the HHS mandate.

  2. The agencies must end their unnecessary legal fights against the Little Sisters and other ministries in courts around the country.

In May 2016, the Supreme Court unanimously overturned lower court rulings against the Little Sisters, ordered the government not to fine the Little Sisters, and said the lower courts should provide the government an opportunity “to arrive at an approach going forward that accommodates the petitioners’ religious beliefs.”



  • 37 Universities
  • 40 Religious Charities
  • 15 Dioceses

1/3 of Americans are already exempt from the mandate, including: