Supreme Court to hear HHS mandate case for Little Sisters, other non-profits



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ABSTRACTSupreme Court to hear HHS mandate case for Little Sisters, other non-profits :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)   Latest News Most Read Archive Mandate Resources Tools Catholic Podcast RSS Feeds Columns Documents Mama Needs Coffee CNA Blog Italian Spanish Portuguese German Editors Service About us Donate Italian Spanish Portuguese German News Headlines Vatican Americas Asia - Pacific US Europe Middle East - Africa Most Read Most Commented Archive Mandate Resources Abortion Advent Apologetics Benedict XVI Bible Cardinals Catechism Catholic Links Catholic Womanhood Church Fathers Holy Week Life & Family Liturgical Calendar Liturgy Mary Politics Pope Francis Prayers Sacraments Saints Virtue Tools Catholic Podcast RSS Feeds CNA TV CNA Audio Columns Bishops' Corner Book Reviews Cinemazlowski Fr. Robert Barron Guest Columnist In Good Company Led Into the Truth Live Greater Making a Difference Movie Reviews Russell Shaw The Common Good with Deacon Keith Fournier The Dispute of the Humanum The New (& the Old) Evangelization The Way of Beauty Viewpoint Documents Pope Benedict XVI Pope John Paul II Pope Paul VI Pope John XXIII Pope Pius XII Pope Pius XI Pope Pius X Pope Leo XIII Vatican II Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith Pontifical Council for the Family United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Cardinal James Francis Stafford Archbishop Charles J. Chaput Bishop Samuel J. Aquila Mama Needs Coffee CNA Blog Home » News » US Supreme Court to hear HHS mandate case for Little Sisters, other non-profits U.S. Supreme Court. Washington D.C., Nov 6, 2015 / 12:20 pm ( CNA/EWTN News ) .- The Supreme Court will hear legal challenges to the federal contraception mandate, brought by numerous non-profit groups, including the Little Sisters of the Poor. The court made its announcement Nov. 6. It will take up seven cases representing numerous schools, dioceses, and charitable organizations. At the center of the controversy is a federal rule announced by the Obama administration that requires most employers to provide employee health care plans that cover birth control, sterilizations, and drugs that can cause early abortions. Employers that do not comply with the mandate may face crippling fines as a penalty. In the case of the Little Sisters – an order that cares for the elderly poor and dying – this could mean up $2.5 million per year in fines, or 40 percent of the annual amount they beg for. After the initial outcry that the rules violated the religious freedom of employers who conscientiously objected to providing such coverage, the administration announced revised guidelines in the form of a religious “accommodation.” Religious organizations and non-profits that opposed the mandate are instructed to sign a form directing the government to notify their insurer of their objection. The insurer will then have the burden of providing the coverage. While the government has argued that this coverage will ultimately be free because contraception provides “tremendous” health benefits and lowers costs that would otherwise arise from bearing children, critics contend that the costs of the coverage will still eventually be passed on to the objecting employers themselves. Many religiously-affiliated organizations &ndash.......