SUPREME COURT RULES UNANIMOUSLY IN FAVOR OF LITTLE SISTERS

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SUPREME COURT RULES UNANIMOUSLY IN FAVOR OF LITTLE SISTERS

Postby Suzuki Johnny » Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:34 pm

On October 6, 2017, the government issued a new rule and admitted what it should have said all along: that it violated the law when it tried to force religious ministries like the Little Sisters to violate their faith. Under the new rule, the federal contraceptive mandate will remain in place for most employers and will now include an exemption for religious ministries.

The rule fulfills the Supreme Court 2016 ruling and the President’s Executive Order, but it may be changed after the government considers the comments it receives. The Little Sisters still need permanent court protection to finally end their years-long lawsuit and go back to serving the elderly poor.

The Little Sisters’ case has been on hold ever since the Supreme Court unanimously overturned the lower court rulings against the Little Sisters, said the Little Sisters couldn’t be fined, and ordered the lower courts to allow the federal government time “to arrive at an approach going forward that accommodates the petitioners' religious beliefs.”

Now it is time for the government's lawyers to admit that the old rule violated the law and wrap up the legal case. The new interim rule moves the Little Sisters one step closer to finally being able to return their full attention to their mission of serving the elderly poor.

As the Little Sisters have argued all along, 1 in 3 Americans do not have a plan subject to this mandate, and the government has already exempted plans covering large corporations like Exxon, Chevron and Pepsi. Under President Obama, the government admitted that there are plenty of other ways to access these services, options already available for the tens of millions of women in exempt corporate and government plans.


The Supreme Court unanimously overturned the lower court rulings against the Little Sisters, ordered the government not to impose $70 million in fines to the Little Sisters, and said the lower courts should provide the government an opportunity “to arrive at an approach going forward that accommodates the petitioners' religious beliefs.”

The unanimous decision by the Supreme Court was a big win for the Little Sisters. But that does not mean anyone lost. As the Little Sisters have argued all along, the ruling in no way bars the government from providing these services to women who want them as long as the government stops trying to take over the Little Sisters' health plan. In fact, any alternative delivery method the government chooses would likely be able to be applied—not only to women in religious plans—but to the tens of millions of women in corporate and government plans HHS had previously exempted from the mandate.

President Obama confirmed that the HHS mandate was unnecessary by affirming that the government was still able to providing the mandated services for free to any woman who wanted them even after the Court ruling protected the Little Sisters from complying with the mandate. The President’s willingness to acknowledge that the Little Sisters' religious objections have never threatened any woman’s access to contraception -- that women can get that coverage "right now" and can "continue" to get it even without a takeover of the Little Sisters' health plan -- was the natural outcome of the evolution of the government’s argument in this case.

Following oral arguments, the government admitted to the Court that it could provide the services in ways other than those required in the contraception mandate. It also admitted that the mandate required the Little Sisters’ participation and the use of their plan. This admission meant the Court did not need to decide on the merits of the government’s original argument that its interests should override the Little Sisters’ religious liberty. With the government’s admission, the path was cleared for the Supreme Court to tell the lower courts to reconsider their rulings in light of the government’s admissions and help ensure the government settled “on an approach that accommodates” the Little Sisters' beliefs.

Although the form a final solution takes will be finalized down the road, the unanimous decision by the Supreme Court to overturn the lower court decisions against the Little Sisters and protect religious providers from fines is a big win. And President Obama’s acknowledgment that the government can continue to provide these services without the Little Sisters and their health plan is a major affirmation of the Little Sisters' argument for the last five years that there were obviously solutions and never a need for this matter to have to go to Court. In light of the Court's decision and the President's statements, the Little Sisters are hopeful the government will quickly decide on a workable solution so the Little Sisters can return their full attention to their mission of serving the elderly poor.


Attorney General Jeff Sessions today issued a powerful memorandum outlining 20 principles of religious liberty.

Here are just some of those principles he included and sent to all federal agencies and departments:
The freedom of religion is an important, fundamental right, expressly protected by federal law.

The freedom of religion extends to persons and organizations.

Government may not officially favor or disfavor particular religious groups.

Religious employers are entitled to employ only persons whose beliefs and conduct are consistent with the employers’ religious precepts.

Generally, the federal government may not condition federal grants or contracts on the religious organization altering its religious character, beliefs, or activities.
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Re: SUPREME COURT RULES UNANIMOUSLY IN FAVOR OF LITTLE SISTERS

Postby Designer » Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:02 pm

:clap: Excellent news! [emoji106]

Now,...it's time to build on this and make safe one's Beliefs from other intrusions.
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Re: SUPREME COURT RULES UNANIMOUSLY IN FAVOR OF LITTLE SISTERS

Postby Suzuki Johnny » Sat Oct 14, 2017 4:07 am

Designer wrote::clap: Excellent news! [emoji106]

Now,...it's time to build on this and make safe one's Beliefs from other intrusions.




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