Sanctity of Life


Nuns Challenge Obamacare Abortion-Drugs Mandate

Posted on November 11, 2015

(This originall appeared in Life News - 5 Pro-life Cases)

  • Case: Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell
  • From 10th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Last Action: August 21, 2015

The story of Catholic nuns forced to cover abortion-inducing forms of contraception in their insurance plans is noted frequently to illustrate the Obama Administration’s hostility to religious freedom. Less often does the news note that the nuns’ court case is ongoing, with a new injunction granted on August 21.

While the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision in June 2014 applied to family-owned businesses, Little Sisters of the Poor are protesting the Obamacare mandate as a religious non-profit group.

The Little Sisters’ legal challenge is one of seven major cases on the contraception mandate awaiting Supreme Court review. The cases span a wide swath of different Christian traditions, from Houston Baptist University to Geneva College (Reformed Presbyterian) to Southern Nazarene University; some factors indicate the high court may choose to take up the latter case.