Saturday, January 25, 2014

Supreme Court Favors Nuns Over Obamacare; Admin. Can't Require Contraceptive Coverage

The Supreme Court on January 24 granted a group of Catholic nuns from Colorado a temporary exemption from President Obama's controversial Affordable Care Act -- also known as "Obamacare" -- which requires employers to cover contraceptives in their employees' health care plans, the Christian Post website reports today (January 25, 2014).

The Little Sisters of the Poor declared in writing "that they are non-profit organizations that hold themselves out as religious and have religious objections to providing coverage for contraceptive services," and therefore the administration cannot enforce the requirement for contraceptive coverage, said the order issued by the entire Supreme Court.

The court said in its ruling that the religious order of nuns -- who take care of the needy and dying elderly -- does not have to sign a government form which can authorize a third party to provide the contraceptive coverage under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandate.

The court's order also provides protection to more than 400 other Catholic organizations that receive health benefits through the same Catholic benefits provider -- the Christian Brothers -- according to The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

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