The push by the Obama administration to force Roman Catholic nuns to carry and pay for contraception, or to simply allow it to be part of their insurance plan, is being appealed to the Supreme Court.
The Little Sisters of the Poor is a group of celibate Catholic nuns that provides care to the elderly and poor. Under Obamacare the nuns are required to provide coverage for contraception even though the sisters themselves do not use it and providing it to their employees would violate the teachings of the Catholic church.
The sisters recently lost an appeal before the Tenth Circuit Court and are now looking to the highest court in the land to uphold religious liberty.
Sr. Loraine Marie Maguire said she hopes the Supreme Court will hear their case and allow people "from diverse faiths can freely follow God’s calling in their lives."
"We perform this loving ministry because of our faith and simply cannot choose between our care for the elderly poor and our faith, and we shouldn’t have to," Sr. Maguire said in a statement.
The sisters are represented by the Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty and attorney Mark Rienzi.
"The government has lost every single time they have made these arguments before the Supreme Court—including last year’s landmark Hobby Lobby case. One would think they would get the message and stop pressuring the Sisters,” Rienzi said. "The government is willing to exempt big companies like Exxon, Chevron, and Pepsi Bottling, but it won’t leave the Little Sisters alone."
With the petition to the court now filed, a decision on whether the case will be heard is expected for the fall. If it is accepted a hearing would likely come in June of 2016.