White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Friday defended the Trump administration's decision to roll back a controversial provision of Obamacare that required employers to provide health insurance plans that cover contraception even if they had religious or moral objections.
"The president believes that the freedom to practice one's faith is a fundamental right in this country," Sanders told reporters at the White House. "And I think all of us do. And that's all that today was about. Our federal government should always protect that right. And as long as Donald Trump is president, he will."
Under the new Trump administration policy, companies can seek an exemption to the birth control mandate on the basis of sincerely-held religious or moral objections to providing contraception. Religious organizations have protested the mandate since the inception of Obamacare and have launched legal challenges against it.
But left-leaning groups moved quickly on Friday to challenge the roll-back of the policy. The American Civil Liberties Union and others pledged to sue the Trump administration for a change they said would deny low-income women access to birth control.
Sanders dismissed the concerns raised by those organizations.
"I don't think it's been a secret that I would never probably never use the ACLU to get any of my talking points," she said.