Editor’s Note: High Court should give nuns a win
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday is scheduled to hear arguments in an important case related to the Affordable Care Act. For the second time, the court is considering the birth control mandate in Obamacare.
The Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of nuns who care for the elderly poor, brought the suit against the government because the nuns say they are being forced to violate their religious beliefs.
Despite several different attempts by the Obama administration to offer “accommodations,” the nuns are still required to sign off on allowing a third party to offer birth control coverage in their health plan. If they don’t, they face millions in IRS fines. Under Obamacare, the government exempted churches and church-run ministries from the contraceptive mandate but it didn’t include religious charities, schools and hospitals.
The court took the Little Sisters case, along with a handful of others from religious nonprofits, including several universities. The Becket Fund is representing the nuns, and it argues that the case is about conscience and whether religious groups should be forced to violate theirs — “especially since those services could be provided more effectively through the government’s health care exchange.”
The Supreme Court should stand up for the religious liberty of the nuns.