Little Sisters of the Poor Lose Case Over ObamaCare Contraception Mandate
A federal appeals court ruled against the Little Sisters of the Poor after they challenged a provision in the Affordable Care Act that requires employers to provide insurance policies to cover contraception.
Fox News reported:
Though religious groups are already exempt from covering contraceptives, the plaintiffs – the Little Sisters of the Poor as well as four Christian colleges in Oklahoma – argued the exemption doesn’t go far enough because they must sign away the coverage to another party, making them feel as though they had a hand in providing contraceptives.
The court ruled that because the Little Sisters of the Poor had the option of signing a form that would transfer covering contraceptives to a third-party, they failed to show that the ObamaCare mandate placed a burden on their right to exercise freedom of religion.
Mark Rienzi, senior counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and the lead attorney for the nuns, reacted to the ruling on "The Kelly File" tonight.
"The bureaucrats in D.C. don't get to tell nuns what their faith requires," Rienzi told Megyn Kelly.
He added that the government is threatening the group with millions of dollars in fines if they don't violate their religion.
"Certainly no one wins if the Little Sisters of the Poor are forced to either give up their ministry or to violate their Catholic faith," Rienzi said. "They should be allowed to just go on helping those elderly poor people and the government should go give out contraceptives some other way than on the backs of Catholic nuns."
Watch the video clip above.