The expected religious liberty order will cover a number of issues but is of particular concern to pro-life advocates. Although the language of the order hasn’t been finalized, Thursday is the National Day of Prayer and the White House is planning to celebrate the occasion with Christian leaders and the executive order would be a nice compliment to that.
During the campaign, both President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence promised pro-life advocates that their religious liberties would be protected in the wake of the Obama Administration forcing businesses like Hobby Lobby and groups like Little Sisters of the Poor to pay for abortions for their employees.
Politico first reported on the potential of the executive order and has more on it:
President Donald Trump has invited conservative leaders to the White House on Thursday for what they expect will be the ceremonial signing of a long-awaited—and highly controversial—executive order on religious liberty, according to multiple people familiar with the situation.Two senior administration officials confirmed the plan, though one cautioned that it hasn’t yet been finalized, and noted that lawyers are currently reviewing and fine-tuning the draft language.
Pence and a small team of conservative allies quickly began working behind the scenes to revise the language, and in recent weeks have ratcheted up the pressure on Trump to sign it. The new draft is being tightly held, but one influential conservative who saw the text said it hasn’t been dialed back much—if at all—since the February leak. “The language is very, very strong,” the source said.
Since taking office just over 100 days ago, President Donald Trump and his administration have provided the pro-life movement with several major victories.
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