Little Sisters Of The Poor Appeal To The Supreme Court

Aug 28th, 2015 | By | Category: News Posts
Little Sisters Of The Poor are fighting the abortion mandate in Obamacare.

Little Sisters Of The Poor are fighting the abortion mandate in Obamacare.

From the Congressional Prayer Caucus:

After the 10th Circuit ruled against the Little Sisters of the Poor and several other religious schools and organizations in their quest for relief against the HHS mandate, the Little Sisters and four Christian universities in Oklahoma appealed to the Supreme Court on July 23, 2015.

HHS issued the final rules for coverage of contraceptive services in July. The final rules offer religious organizations and closely held for-profits who object to the mandate on religious grounds two alternatives:  First, organizations can filed a self-certification form with their insurance provider, triggering a requirement that the provider cover the services themselves.  Second, they can send a letter to HHS providing notice of the objection, and HHS will contact the insurance provider on their behalf.  Both alternatives keep the objecting organization within the chain of complicity, thus not resolving their religious objections.

The 10th Circuit issued a stay on the enforcement of the mandate until the Supreme Court rules on their case.  The Supreme Court is scheduled to hold its long conference on September 28.

This week, 20 states and a diverse array of organizations filed amicus curiae briefs in support of the Little Sisters, asking that the Supreme Court agree to hear their case.  These groups included the Cato Institute, the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, a group of Orthodox Jewish Rabbis, the Christian Legal Society, the Independent Women’s Forum, the Association of American Physicians & Surgeons, the Southern Baptists, the American Center for Law and Justice, and a group of law professors.

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