Little Sisters appeal to US Supreme Court over mandate

The Little Sisters of the Poor have appealed to the US Supreme Court for relief from compliance with the Obamacare contraceptive mandate.

Earlier this month, the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the Little Sisters and other religious entities seeking relief from having to facilitate contraceptive coverage in employee health insurance.

Churches and other institutions that primarily employ and serve members of the churches are exempt, but the Little Sisters didn’t fall within this category, the court ruled.

The Little Sisters objected to having to file a form with federal authorities, under an “accommodation”, that triggered a requirement for insurance companies to pay for the contraceptive coverage.

Sister Loraine Marie Maguire, mother provincial of the order, said the Little Sisters were being asked to choose between adhering to their Catholic faith and continuing to pursue their religious mission of serving the elderly poor.

The order faces heavy fines if it doesn’t comply with the mandate.

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