Victory for the Little Sisters: They won't have to comply with contraceptive mandate in Obamacare
Case is headed to 10th Circuit Court of Appeals for final decision
It's definitely a victory for Little Sisters of the Poor, albeit a temporary one. The group, comprised of nuns that assist the elderly and the infirm, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an injunction protecting the Little Sisters from complying with the Obamacare mandate on contraceptives, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs. The case is now headed for the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Little Sisters of the Poor, comprised of nuns that assist the elderly and the infirm, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an injunction protecting the Little Sisters from complying with the Obamacare mandate on contraceptives, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs.
"The injunction means that the Little Sisters will not be forced to sign and deliver the controversial government forms authorizing and instructing their benefits administrator to provide contraceptives, sterilization, and drugs and devices that may cause early abortions," the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, representing the Sisters, said in a statement.
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"The court's order also provides protection to more than 400 other Catholic organizations that receive health benefits through the same Catholic benefits provider, Christian Brothers," the Becket Fund added.
In order to qualify, the Little Sisters need to put "in writing that they are non-profit organizations that hold themselves out as religious and have religious objections to providing coverage for contraceptive services," the injunction read. The Little Sisters of the Poor now need to inform the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius.
The order further says, "To meet the condition for injunction pending appeal, applicants need not use the form prescribed by the Government and need not send copies to third-party administrators."
The news is being welcomed by representatives for the Little Sisters. "We are delighted that the Supreme Court has issued this order protecting the Little Sisters," Mark Rienzi, senior counsel for the Becket Fund says. "The government has lots of ways to deliver contraceptives to people-it doesn't need to force nuns to participate."
"The Little Sisters are joined in the lawsuit by religious health benefit providers, Christian Brothers Services, Christian Brothers Employee Benefits Trust. The lawsuit is a class action on behalf of all the non-exempt organizations that receive benefits through Christian Brothers. The Plaintiffs are also represented by Locke Lord, a national law firm, and by Kevin Walsh, a law professor at the University of Richmond," the Becket Fund explains in its statement.
"To date, there are currently 91 lawsuits challenging the unconstitutional HHS mandate," reads the statement.
"The Becket Fund represents: Hobby Lobby, Little Sisters of the Poor, GuideStone, Wheaton College, East Texas Baptist University, Houston Baptist University, Colorado Christian University, the Eternal Word Television Network, Ave Maria University, and Belmont Abbey College."
The mandate has been a sore spot for many organizations as it demands that nearly all Americans, both businesses and individuals, carry health insurance that offers contraceptives, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs without co-payments, regardless of potential religious or moral objections.
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