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The Little Sisters of the Poor are headed back to the Supreme Court to protect themselves from being force to fund abortions under Obamacare. The Supreme Court protected the Little Sisters once before from being compelled to pay for abortions in their health care plan but abortion advocates are trying a second time to force abortion funding on them.
In May 2016, the Supreme Court unanimously overturned a lower court ruling against the Little Sisters of the Poor and granted them an exemption from the Obama HHS contraceptive mandate, which required the nuns to fund abortion-causing drugs in their health care plans or pay millions of dollars in fines.
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In 2017, the Trump administration announced a new rule to protect religious non-profits, including the Little Sisters of the Poor, but several pro-abortion states, including Pennsylvania and California, immediately sued the federal government to remove the protection and force Christian groups like the Little Sisters to pay for abortions.
In Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Trump, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro threatened the Little Sisters’ ministry by challenging their religious exemption, forcing the Little Sisters to continue to defend themselves in court. After a loss in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the order of Catholic nuns is asking the Supreme Court to end their six year-long legal battle and let them keep their focus on serving the elderly poor.
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The 3rd Circuit, placed a nationwide injunction on HHS’s new conscience protection rule. On October 22, the 9th Circuit ruled to place an injunction on the new rule for the following states: California, Delaware, Virginia, Maryland, New York, Illinois, Washington, Minnesota, Connecticut, North Carolina, Vermont, Rhode Island, Hawaii, and DC. The case consolidates two challenges, Trump v. Pennsylvania and Little Sisters of the Poor Saints Peter and Paul Home v. Pennsylvania.
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