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Supreme Court Order A Win for Religious Liberty

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Alison Howard

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Supreme Court Order A Win for Religious Liberty

WASHINGTON, D.C. –– The United States Supreme Court entered an order today prohibiting the Obama Administration from enforcing its contraceptive mandate on the Little Sisters of the Poor pending appeal.

The Supreme Court order read in part: “If the employer applicants inform the Secretary of Health and Human Services in writing that they are non-profit organizations that hold themselves out as religious and have religious objections to providing coverage for contraceptive services, the respondents are enjoined from enforcing against the applicants the challenged provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and related regulations pending final disposition of the appeal by the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.”

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, hailed the action as a win for religious liberty:

The Justices have taken action to protect the Little Sisters of the Poor from the oppressive hand of government, and that is a significant victory for religious liberty.  Today they upheld the values of our founding, that we are a free people who should be free to exercise our religion free from government interference or coercion.

The Court also shows how ridiculously easy it would be for the Obama Administration to remedy the situation it has created.  Just simply allowing the Little Sisters of the Poor to be exempted as churches are would be enough.  But the Obama Administration has shown complete disregard to the concerns of the Little Sisters of the Poor and the plight of many other women, including the half-a-million members of Concerned Women for America, who have stood in support of their freedom.  There is simply no reason to fail to accommodate the sisters.

We call on the President, yet once again, to abandon this unwarranted attack on such a noble organization.