Little Sisters of the Poor Return to Supreme Court to Argue Against Forced Abortion Funding

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The Little Sisters of the Poor recently returned to the Supreme Court. The group has been fighting an HHS mandate from the Obama administration that forced religious groups to fund abortions. While the Supreme Court once sided with the Catholic nuns, the Little Sisters of the Poor have found themselves back in court. 

In Little Sisters of the Poor v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Catholic ministry is asking for the Supreme Court to step in and stop Pennsylvania from revoking their religious exemption from the HHS contraceptive mandate. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Supreme Court is hearing the arguments telephonically for the first time in history. The court will decide if the Obama abortion mandate can be enforced nationwide. 

Sister Loraine Marie Maguire wrote in an opinion column at Fox News that all the Little Sisters want to do is focus on their mission of helping the poor without being forced to pay for abortions. 

“…As Catholics, we believe in the inherent dignity of every life from the moment of conception to natural death. That’s why we spend every day accompanying some of the most vulnerable members of our society – holding their hands through the final years, days, and moments on this Earth.”

Almost a decade ago, our ministry was threatened by the contraceptive mandate – a federal government regulation under the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) that ordered us to provide abortion-inducing drugs in our health plans or face tens of millions of dollars in fines. This would be a death sentence for our ministry.

We cannot hold the hands of the dying elderly while at the same time facilitating the ending of pre-born life. Our faith will not allow it…”

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