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Gov’t Battles Little Sisters of the Poor Over Contraception Mandate

By Fox News Sunday

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor blocked a key component of ObamaCare – the contraception mandate. The provision requires church-affiliated, nonprofit organizations to provide their employees with access to birth control.

The Little Sisters of the Poor – a group that serves the sick and elderly – are fighting against the health care law’s requirement because it goes against their religious beliefs.

The Department of Justice wants the Supreme Court to lift the injunction. They argue that the nuns can opt out of providing birth control by signing a certification.

Mark Rienzi, lead council for the sisters, said on Fox News Sunday that the form actually authorizes others to provide birth control to their employees. “If the form doesn’t matter, the government shouldn’t be fighting to make the sisters sign it.”

Ilyse Hogue, president of Naral Pro-Choice America, argued that religious liberty includes making sure health care decisions aren’t made based on other people’s religious beliefs.

Rienzi said forcing the Little Sisters to pay massive fines or shut down their nursing homes hurts the goal of wider access to health care.

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About Preserve Religious Freedom

This lawsuit is about religious freedom and our ability to serve the public, not about contraception. The Church maintains that the First Amendment protects the Catholic Church's ability to serve the public in accordance with its faith and to operate its religious institutions without government interference. The argument challenges the way the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) defines what is, and is not, a religious institution. By including an exemption at all, the government apparently agrees that, in keeping with decades of practice and precedent, religious institutions should not be compelled to purchase drugs or procedures that violate deeply held religious or moral beliefs.

But, the Administration's HHS mandate defines religious ministry so narrowly that religious schools, hospitals, and social services don't qualify as religious, and must therefore provide these drugs and procedures. This violates the First Amendment's guarantee of religious freedom. It forces religious organizations to sacrifice their beliefs in order to be able to continue their mission of serving the public. Read more about the plaintiffs filing this lawsuit here.

Preserve Religious Freedom
c/o Archdiocese of Washington
P.O. Box 29260
Washington, DC 20017-0260

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