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The NCBC Congratulates the Little Sisters of the Poor on HHS Mandate
May 16, 2016
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The NCBC Congratulates the Little Sisters of the Poor and All Other Petitioners Who Stood Up against the US Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Violation of Religious Liberty
Today the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) recognized, in a unanimous decision, that the HHS can find other means to accomplish its goal of providing universal contraceptive coverage without compromising the deeply held religious beliefs of the numerous petitioners, including the Little Sisters of the Poor. In its ruling, SCOTUS vacated all lower court decisions against the numerous petitioners, forbidding the implementation of the millions of dollars in penalties against these faith-based organizations. While not indicating that the federal government had violated the free exercise of religion of the petitioners because the HHS did not provide the least restrictive means to accomplish its goals, SCOTUS clearly is asking the lower courts to find other means to accomplish the aims of the Affordable Care Act. The NCBC has been a signatory to 19 amicus briefs in support of petitioners and congratulates each of them for their fortitude this first day after Pentecost Sunday with its blessings of the fullness of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.