Religious Liberty at the Supreme Court: Little Sisters of the Poor Take on Obamacare Mandate

On March 23, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments from the Little Sisters of the Poor in their challenge to the Obamacare “contraception mandate,” which threatens the sisters with crushing government fines unless—in direct violation of their religious beliefs—they facilitate coverage of abortion-inducing drugs and devices, contraception, and sterilization in their employer-provided health plan.

Dozens of religious nonprofits are challenging the Obamacare mandate, including charities, colleges and universities, religious high schools, missionary groups, and religious orders such as the Little Sisters of the Poor—an organization run by Catholic religious sisters dedicated to caring for the elderly poor.

The mandate makes a serious assault on the fundamental freedom of individuals and organizations who form the backbone of civil society: those who care for the sick, feed the hungry, educate the next generation, and provide shelter and counseling for the most vulnerable Americans. The government should not be permitted to coerce religious ministries like the Little Sisters of the Poor under threat of devastating fines. The Supreme Court should rule against the Obama Administration and protect the religious freedom of the Little Sisters and other challengers.

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