Little Sisters of the Poor Appeal to the Supreme Court


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ABSTRACTLittle Sisters of the Poor Appeal to the Supreme Court - The Becket Fund FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY “The Becket Fund is a powerhouse law firm” Mobile menu About Becket Our Mission Our Staff Our History Top 10 Victories Board of Directors Our Cases U.S. Litigation Supreme Court Briefs Resources Legal Publications Stanford Religious Liberty Clinic Oxford Price Media Law Moot Competition Canterbury Medal Canterbury Medal Gala Media & Images Save the Date Sponsorship & Tickets Becket Blog Newsroom News Releases Media Inquiries Email Subscriptions Video Gallery Media Contact Contact Us Employment Internships Directions and Parking Support Us Make a Donation Today Search The Becket Fund GALA 2015 PURCHASE TICKETS HHS Info Central Top Ten Becket Victories Stay Informed Sign Up Now Becket Fund in the News July 21, 2015 EWTN News Nightly The Little Sisters of the Poor Ordered to Violate Faith Becket Attorney Adele Keim discusses the Little SIsters of the Poor's battle against the HHS Mandate... More July 16, 2015 Wall Street Journal Big Brothers of the Poor This case is destined for the Supreme Court, which has stayed the Little Sisters mandate pending appeal.... More FOX News Denver court rules against Little Sisters of the Poor in contraception coverage case Mark Rienzi said, “untold millions of people” have gotten contraceptives without involving nuns... More New York Post How does Uncle Sam get to tell nuns what they believe? The Becket Fund, calls the government’s attempts to crush the charity “a national embarrassment.”... More AP Court: New Health Law Doesn’t Infringe on Religious Freedom “There is no reason the government cannot run its programs without hijacking the Little Sisters ,” said Mark Rienzi... More Next More Twitter Facebook Youtube Little Sisters of the Poor Appeal to the Supreme Court Forced to choose faith or massive fines, n uns seek relief For Immediate Release : July 23, 2015 Media Contact: Stephanie Keenan, skeenan@becketfund.org , 202-349-7226 W ASHINGTON , D.C. – Today, for the second time in two years, the Little Sisters of the Poor must ask the Supreme Court to protect them from the government. The order of Catholic nuns and other non-profits have been forced to ask the Court for relief due to the government’s refusal to exempt them from a regulation that makes them choose between their faith—which prohibits them from providing contraceptives—and continuing to pursue their religious mission of serving the elderly poor ( see video ). “The government has lost every single time they have made these arguments before the Supreme Court—including last year’s landmark Hobby Lobby case. One would think they would get the message and stop pressuring the Sisters,” said Mark Rienzi, Senior Counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and lead attorney for the Little Sisters of the Poor . “The government is willing to exempt big companies like Exxon, Chevron, and Pepsi Bottling, but it won’t leave the Little Sisters alone.” The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and leading Supreme Court advocate Paul Clement—the same legal team that won Hobby Lobby— filed the petition on behalf of the Little Sisters as well as the Christian Brothers Employee Benefit Trust, Christian Brothers Services, Reaching Souls International, Truett-McConnell College, and GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. They are seeking relief from a 100-page decision by the Tenth Circuit that disagrees with the ministries’ understanding of moral theology. Today’s petition is the fifth the Court has received and makes it likely the Court will decide in the upcoming term whether religious ministries, like religious for-profits, will receive protection from the Mandate. “The Sisters consider it immoral to help the government distribute these drugs. But instead of simply exempting them, the government insists that it can take over their ministry’s employee healthcare to distribute these drugs to their employees, while dismissing the Sisters’ moral objections as irrelevant,” said Rienzi. “In America, judges and government bureaucrats have no authority to tell the Little Sisters what is moral or immoral. And the government can distribute its drugs without nuns—it ha.......