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U.S. Supreme Court Protects Little Sisters of the Poor (win injunction against HHS mandate)
Becket Fund ^ | January 24, 2014

Posted on 01/25/2014 3:16:31 AM PST by NYer

Image: U.S. Supreme Court Protects Little Sisters of the Poor

For Immediate Release: January 24, 2014
Media Contact: Emily Hardman, ehardman@becketfund.org, 202.349.7224

Washington, D.C. – Today the Little Sisters of the Poor received an injunction from the Supreme Court protecting them from the controversial HHS mandate while their case is before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. The injunction means that the Little Sisters will not be forced to sign and deliver the controversial government forms authorizing and instructing their benefits administrator to provide contraceptives, sterilization, and drugs and devices that may cause early abortions (see video). The Court’s order also provides protection to more than 400 other Catholic organizations that receive health benefits through the same Catholic benefits provider, Christian Brothers.

“We are delighted that the Supreme Court has issued this order protecting the Little Sisters,” said Mark Rienzi, Senior Counsel for the Becket Fund. “The government has lots of ways to deliver contraceptives to people–it doesn’t need to force nuns to participate.”

To receive protection, the Supreme Court said that the Little Sisters and other organizations that receive benefits through Christian Brothers must simply inform HHS of their religious identity and objections. The Court said that the Little Sisters did not have to sign or deliver the controversial government forms that authorize and direct their benefits administrator to provide the objectionable drugs and devices.

The order was issued by the entire Supreme Court. Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who is the Justice assigned for emergency applications from the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, had previously issued a temporary injunction to allow the court time to consider the Little Sisters’ emergency appeal, filed on New Years’ Eve.

Prior to the order, injunctions had been awarded in 18 of the 19 similar cases in which relief had been requested.

“Virtually every other party who asked for protection from the mandate has been given it,” said Rienzi. “It made no sense for the Little Sisters to be singled out for fines and punishment before they could even finish their suit.”

The Little Sisters are joined in the lawsuit by religious health benefit providers, Christian Brothers Services, Christian Brothers Employee Benefits Trust. The lawsuit is a class action on behalf of all the non-exempt organizations that receive benefits through Christian Brothers. The Plaintiffs are also represented by Locke Lord, a national law firm, and by Kevin Walsh, a law professor at the University of Richmond.

To date, there are currently 91 lawsuits challenging the unconstitutional HHS mandate. The Becket Fund represents: Hobby Lobby, Little Sisters of the Poor, GuideStone, Wheaton College, East Texas Baptist University, Houston Baptist University, Colorado Christian University, the Eternal Word Television Network, Ave Maria University, and Belmont Abbey College.

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is a non-profit, public-interest law firm dedicated to protecting the free expression of all religious traditions—from Anglicans to Zoroastrians. For 19 years its attorneys have been recognized as experts in the field of church-state law. The Becket Fund recently won a 9-0 Supreme Court victory in Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC, which The Wall Street Journal called one of “the most important religious liberty cases in a half century.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: abortion; contraception; contraceptionmandate; deathpanels; hhs; hhsmandate; littlesisters; littlesistersscotus; obamacare; scotus; sisters; zerocare

1 posted on 01/25/2014 3:16:31 AM PST by NYer
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To: Tax-chick; GregB; Berlin_Freeper; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine; Ronaldus Magnus; tiki; ...

Prayers answered, ping!


2 posted on 01/25/2014 3:16:56 AM PST by NYer ("The wise man is the one who can save his soul. - St. Nimatullah Al-Hardini)
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To: NYer
... said Mark Rienzi, Senior Counsel for the Becket Fund. “The government has lots of ways to deliver contraceptives to people ...

Does anyone but me think this sounds really sinister?

3 posted on 01/25/2014 3:47:36 AM PST by Tax-chick (Embracing my inner evil robot.)
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To: NYer

Still wondering how religious freedom only applies depending on what your work arrangement is. A Catholic is a Catholic whether they are a priest or own a pizza shop.


4 posted on 01/25/2014 3:59:07 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: NYer

Holder’s DOJ to bring charges against the Sisters in 3,2,1......


5 posted on 01/25/2014 4:02:40 AM PST by FreedomGuru (Time for torches and pitchforks.)
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To: Tax-chick

Our culture is devoted to efficiency. It’s the root of the culture of death. birth control is a major tool for this effort. much of the government has converted to this thinking- it is extra constitutional.

Every extramarital marriage type encounter, every instance of use of birth control, within marriage as well as out of it reduces human dignity. Every time someone says, ‘what are they doing having all those kids?’, birth control is exalted and promoted

The enemy wants all souls, sinister ideas are all around and rampant since the end of the last century. The question everyone needs to ask is how much am I helping to promote this sinister cultural shift?


6 posted on 01/25/2014 4:03:45 AM PST by stanne
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To: NYer

Alleluia!
However: do I as a non-religious not have religious freedom? Why aren’t all who know that abortion is a supreme desecration of the holy (all human life is holy, we are made in the image and likeness of God!) acknowledged to have religious freedom?
How many Freepers have asked their employer or insurance agent or lawyer that type of question regarding health insurance? (I would like to gain a better understanding of this topic for developing a strategy.)


7 posted on 01/25/2014 4:04:56 AM PST by Repent and Believe (Promote good. Tolerate the harmless. Let evil be crushed.)
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To: FreedomGuru

Holder will probably try to sue the Supreme Court.


8 posted on 01/25/2014 4:06:28 AM PST by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: stanne
I was reminded of Pope Paul VI's prediction in Humanae Vitae, that contraception would inevitably become a tool of government to manipulate citizens.
9 posted on 01/25/2014 4:07:37 AM PST by Tax-chick (Embracing my inner evil robot.)
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To: SampleMan

Anyone, especially a politician/ public figure, who pretends they can carry out their work in defiance of their faith, outside of its rules, is just wrong, and they contribute to this culture of death the good sisters have avoided for lo these many years. They’ll continue to do so, the question is will they be denied freedom to care for these needy people, and be forced to close their doors. They will not work in denial of their faith


10 posted on 01/25/2014 4:09:07 AM PST by stanne
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To: Tax-chick

(... said Mark Rienzi, Senior Counsel for the Becket Fund. “The government has lots of ways to deliver contraceptives to people ...
Does anyone but me think this sounds really sinister?)

The government must absolutely be stopped from providing any contraceptives to people. Contraceptives are evil. Period.
The Senior Counsel is pandering to government by that statement in spite of having the correct position of defending the freedom to obey God unhindered.


11 posted on 01/25/2014 4:10:21 AM PST by Repent and Believe (Promote good. Tolerate the harmless. Let evil be crushed.)
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To: Repent and Believe
do I as a non-religious not have religious freedom

A person need not be religious to observe that privileging contraceptives and sterilization over drugs and surgeries that actually treat illness or injury is simply absurd. Remember that insurers are not only required to provide these products and services: they are at no cost to the recipient. There may be a copayment on your antibiotics, or a deductible on your rotator-cuff repair surgery, but not on contraceptives or sterilization.

How much more obvious could it be that Darth Sibelius and Infanticide Obama simply want to eliminate people?

12 posted on 01/25/2014 4:11:21 AM PST by Tax-chick (Embracing my inner evil robot.)
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To: Repent and Believe

He seems to be agreeing that “delivering contraceptives to people” is a legitimate function of government.


13 posted on 01/25/2014 4:12:15 AM PST by Tax-chick (Embracing my inner evil robot.)
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To: Tax-chick

‘Humanae Vitae’ is about $2.50 at a catholic bookstore, (my catholic bookstore.com, for instance) and it is free on line through the easiest google search ever http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/paul_vi/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-vi_enc_25071968_humanae-vitae_en.html

It’s 31 paragraphs long and can be read in.a shorter amount of time it takes to watch one quarter, maybe a half, of a football game or an episode of downton abbey.

It is logical and is written for the laity, so it is readable, and by anyone, it is classic logic. The references take up two pages, it’s not from Pope Paul’s daydreams. It cites scripture heavily, medical associations, St Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologica, and theological councils.

It was published in 1968.

All of what this country is going through can be easily explained, predicted, dealt with, coped with and properly put into erspective on reading it

I can’t imagine understanding ways going on without having read it

It’s applied biblical study


14 posted on 01/25/2014 4:25:33 AM PST by stanne
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To: Tax-chick

If the medical industry would quit acting atheistically or worse and pronounce the truth, such as: Pregnancy is the normal state of the uterus, (what else is it there for?), and, Chemical contraceptives are poisonous, class I carcinogens and do not provide health benefits to the user

http://gerardnadal.com/2012/02/15/world-health-organization-data-on-birth-control-pill-and-estrogen-replacement-carcinogenicity/

It is insane for anyone to take them, to allow a loved one to take them, and to not care enough to know that a person with whom they are intimate is taking them

Birth control of any sort pushes God out of the situation and, of course, invites the alternative

That’s a problem. The nuns will never have anything to do with that.


15 posted on 01/25/2014 4:37:47 AM PST by stanne
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To: NYer

Muslims are exempt from Obamacare, but Catholic nuns have to be punished! When are the men in this country going to wake up?

Is the protestant clergy speaking out against the Obamacare tyranny?


16 posted on 01/25/2014 4:48:07 AM PST by abclily
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To: stanne
Nazi Germany was efficient as well. How many did Hitler kill? he killed 6 million Jews, not to mention all the deaths of soldiers and civilians that could be attributed to him. Stalin said "one death is a tragedy. a million is a statistic", and Stalins death toll makes Hitler look like a boy scout. But to G_d, every life is precious and unique. every life has value and purpose to Him. the pro-aborts in our government must realize that in the end, G_d wins. Each and every time, and their sins will find them and call them to reckoning in due course.

CC

17 posted on 01/25/2014 4:54:28 AM PST by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: Repent and Believe; Tax-chick; NYer; sickoflibs
Mr Rienzi's statement is being misinterpreted. What he actually said was:

“We are delighted that the Supreme Court has issued this order protecting the Little Sisters,” said Mark Rienzi, Senior Counsel for the pro-life Becket Fund. “The government has lots of ways to deliver contraceptives to people–--it doesn’t need to force nuns to participate.”

His statement, "The government has lots of ways to deliver contraceptives to people...." is dripping w/ sarcasm, and it is a most welcome warning shot.

Rienzi was administering a firm slapdown of abortion-worshipper Obama and his Godless minions who kneel in obeisance to Planned Parenthood.

18 posted on 01/25/2014 4:55:05 AM PST by Liz
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To: Repent and Believe

Why are some acknowledged to have religious freedom and not others? So far, according to Obamacare, the Amish and muslims are the only ones in this country with religious freedom. Obama has written that he would side with the muslims, and he does so at home and abroad. Obamacare is especially hurtful to Catholics, since the Catholic Church is the largest medical charity in our nation.

Why are American men not taking up for Catholics?

Obamacare is tyranny!


19 posted on 01/25/2014 4:57:17 AM PST by abclily
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To: NYer

Since only democrats voted for Obamacare, only democrats should have to obey Obamacare.


20 posted on 01/25/2014 5:01:45 AM PST by abclily
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To: stanne; Tax-chick

Prophecies of Humanae Vitae

On July 25, 1968, Pope Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae re-affirmed the Catholic teaching on life, love and human sexuality.  In that document, he listed the consequences of life lived outside Catholic teaching.  

He predicted that:

1. Contraception would lead to conjugal infidelity.

2. Contraceptive practice would lead to a “general lowering of morality.”

3. Contraception would lead men to cease respecting woman in their totality and would cause them to treat women as “mere instruments of selfish enjoyment” rather than as cherished partners.

4. And finally, widespread acceptance of contraception by couples would lead to a massive imposition of contraception by unscrupulous governments.  

In other words, Pope Paul VI predicted that contraception would evolve from “a lifestyle choice” into a weapon of mass destruction.  How dreadfully his prophecy has been vindicated by population control and coercive sterilization programs, fertility reduction quotas and the promotion of abortion literally everywhere in the world.

Contraception’s destruction of the integrity of the marital act—as unitive and procreative—has dire consequences for society and for our souls.  Contraception, in other words, is a rejection of God’s view of reality.  It is a wedge driven into the most intimate sphere of communion known to man outside of the Holy Sacrament of the Mass.  It is a degrading poison that withers life and love both in marriage and in society.

By breaking the natural and divinely ordained connection between sex and procreation, women and men—but especially men—would focus on the hedonistic possibilities of sex.  People would cease seeing sex as something that was intrinsically linked to new life and to the sacrament of marriage.

Does anyone doubt that this is where we find ourselves today?

21 posted on 01/25/2014 5:06:47 AM PST by NYer ("The wise man is the one who can save his soul. - St. Nimatullah Al-Hardini)
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To: Celtic Conservative

Hitler would have killed a lot more, that’s what makes him rather equivalent to Stalin, but it’s a real mistake for people in this country to think we are immune to performing or allowing that kind of behavior

There have been 56,000,000 babies killed through abortion in this country in 41 years. That doesn’t include abortions due to birth control pill

http://www.prolife.com/birthcnt.html

That makes this country worse than communist Russia, in terms of numbers of murders of innocents

Makes hitler look like a Boy Scout, one could say

The catechism cites scripture, theologians and tradition

What it says about abortion takes a mere two and a half pages, not because its not an portant subject. But because it is simple

Once a person is conceived, it is a person, and has the right to live that is equal to every other person, including, of course, the mother


22 posted on 01/25/2014 5:10:29 AM PST by stanne
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To: NYer

There ya go!


23 posted on 01/25/2014 5:13:15 AM PST by stanne
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To: NYer

Notice he doesn’t say ‘abortion’ causes the problems, he says ‘contraception’ causes the trouble. Contraception causes abotion, and the cause ofg the culture of death is the striving for efficiency


24 posted on 01/25/2014 5:17:34 AM PST by stanne
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To: stanne
I understand that we risk incurring G_ds judgement for abortion in this country. but there are so many against it,and struggling against it that I pray that G_d will stay his hand.

CC

25 posted on 01/25/2014 5:21:59 AM PST by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: NYer

Thank you for assembling all the details!


26 posted on 01/25/2014 5:26:59 AM PST by Tax-chick (Embracing my inner evil robot.)
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To: Liz
His statement, "The government has lots of ways to deliver contraceptives to people...." is dripping w/ sarcasm ...

I missed the sarcasm. I confess to being dreadfully literal.

27 posted on 01/25/2014 5:29:34 AM PST by Tax-chick (Embracing my inner evil robot.)
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To: Celtic Conservative

Under abortion the United States has killed NINE TIMES more than Hitler since 1973.


28 posted on 01/25/2014 5:32:59 AM PST by ardara
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To: Tax-chick

Understandable.

I also think Mr Rienzi could have made the statement more artful——instead of using the sarcasm in a run-on sentence.


29 posted on 01/25/2014 5:35:31 AM PST by Liz
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To: Liz

Still, regardless of Mr. Rienzi’s intent, it’s true that we have “the government” - public schools for example, and county health departments, and government-funded Planned Parenthood - delivering contraceptives (and abortions) to the public.


30 posted on 01/25/2014 5:37:02 AM PST by Tax-chick (Embracing my inner evil robot.)
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To: Tax-chick

That document was stunningly predictive. Keep in mind when he wrote that China was still ‘pro family’. All that one child stuff came after. Pope was right on the money.

That little change made huge impacts and changed something from the creation of life to an indoor sport.


31 posted on 01/25/2014 9:40:14 AM PST by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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To: wonkowasright
That document was stunningly predictive.

Almost as if the Holy Spirit was involved!

32 posted on 01/25/2014 11:05:54 AM PST by Tax-chick (Embracing my inner evil robot.)
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To: Tax-chick

Yup :)


33 posted on 01/25/2014 11:17:12 AM PST by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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To: Tax-chick
Fluoridation, Mandrake.
34 posted on 01/25/2014 11:53:22 AM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: abclily
So far, according to Obamacare, the Amish and muslims are the only ones in this country with religious freedom

The Amish because they will not resist government authority.
The Muslims because the Islamic-system is a totalitarian one and therefore useful to the statist.

35 posted on 01/25/2014 12:02:40 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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