Little Sisters of the Poor Gets Short-term Relief From HHS Mandate

Leah Barkoukis
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Posted: Aug 23, 2015 1:42 PM
Little Sisters of the Poor Gets Short-term Relief From HHS Mandate

The Little Sisters of the Poor has been through more than any faith-based charity should have to go through all to continue the noble work they’re doing without violating their faith.

But, for the time being at least, some good news has come their way. After the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled that the group must comply with Obamacare’s abortion mandate, The Little Sisters of the Poor found reprieve Friday morning after the Tenth Circuit issued an order temporarily safeguarding the group and other ministries from being forced to violate their faith. That is, until the Supreme Court rules on their case.

“The federal government doesn’t need the Little Sisters or any other ministry to help it distribute abortion-inducing drugs and other contraceptives,” Mark Rienzi, senior counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represents the Little Sisters, said in a statement. “Yet it not only insists on forcing them to participate in the delivery, it argues that their beliefs against participating are wrong and that government officials and judges can tell the Little Sisters what Catholic theology really requires. That’s wrong, and it’s dangerous — especially when those same government officials have disrespectfully compared the Sisters’ beliefs to ‘fighting an invisible dragon’ that can be vanquished with the ‘stroke of the [Sisters’] own pen.’

The Little Sisters of the Poor and several other ministries had appealed the July ruling to the High Court shortly after it was handed down, hoping for long-term relief from the HHS mandate. The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the case this fall.