Gov't Battles Little Sisters of the Poor Over Contraception Mandate
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.