Little Sisters of the Poor Will Fight California, Pennsylvania Efforts to Overturn New Contraceptive Rules

Members of a Catholic order of nuns known as the Little Sisters of the Poor stand outside the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals building in Denver, Colorado, along with William Mumma, President of the Becket Fund. (PHOTO: THE BECKET FUND FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY)
Members of a Catholic order of nuns known as the Little Sisters of the Poor stand outside the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals building in Denver, Colorado, along with William Mumma, President of the Becket Fund. (PHOTO: THE BECKET FUND FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY)

The Little Sisters of the Poor are returning to court to stop the attorneys general of California and Pennsylvania from overturning a recently acquired exemption to the Health and Human Services Department’s new birth control mandate exemption.

Pennsylvania and California have filed suit against the federal government over their new broader exemption to the contraceptives mandate, with Delaware, Maryland, New York, and Virginia joining California’s litigation.

Becket, the religious liberty law firm that represented the Little Sisters in the past, filed a motion to intervene on Tuesday on behalf the nuns against the two lawsuits.

“The Little Sisters cannot stand idly by while Pennsylvania threatens their ministry by trying to snatch away the protections the Sisters have fought so long to keep,” read the motion in the Pennsylvania suit.

In a press call held Tuesday morning, Becket Senior Counsel Mark Rienzi referred to the two lawsuits against the federal government as an “unnecessary culture war.”

“The Little Sisters will tell the judges in these new cases what they have successfully told the Supreme Court time and again: that governments do not need nuns to give out contraceptives, that our big country has room enough and space enough for diversity of ideas,” stated Rienzi.

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SOURCE: Michael Gryboski
Christian Post