Trump HHS says Little Sisters of the Poor don’t have to provide birth control

Trump HHS says Little Sisters of the Poor don’t have to provide birth control
Off the hook: the Little Sisters of the Poor. YouTube video, Currents News

[Ed. – …or “sign the form“: the Obama administration’s Stalinist solution that would still have forced them to violate their consciences by triggering someone else’s responsibility to provide birth control to their members and employees.]

At long last, on Wednesday the Department of Health and Human Services issued a new rule that finalizes the interim religious exemption that the Little Sisters of the Poor received via executive order in October 2017. This follows years of litigation wherein the Little Sisters have been fighting to preclude the state from forcing them to offer birth control to employees, against their desire due to their religious beliefs. The contraception mandate was always an incredible demonstration of government overreach — forcing religious organizations to offer birth control was even more so.

The Supreme Court has twice dealt with this issue, once with Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, which exempted corporations with religious beliefs from abiding by the contraception mandate. In Zubik v. Burwell the Supreme Court consolidated several cases, including Little Sisters, but simply vacated the ruling that forced them to abide by the mandate and threw them back to the lower courts to examine.

This has left Little Sisters open to litigation — both California and Pennsylvania sued.

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