WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, January 11, 2016, Liberty Counsel filed an amicus brief on behalf of Little Sisters of the Poor. The brief provides the Supreme Court a historic perspective of the clash between religious liberty and government regulation.
“Throughout America’s history and again with the Supreme Court’s decision in Hobby Lobby, the United States has stood as a beacon of protection for religious liberty,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel.
“The Obama Administration put the federal government and Little Sisters of the Poor on a collision course with foundational free exercise rights when the Administration defined women’s preventive care to include abortion-inducing drugs and devices,” Staver continued.
“Ignoring the free exercise rights protected by the First Amendment and the reaffirmation of those rights in the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Obama Administration’s HHS mandate compels Little Sisters to choose between providing coverage for abortion-inducing drugs against their sincerely held religious beliefs or face crippling fines that would end their 175-year ministry to the elderly poor,” Staver pointed out.
“Little Sisters of the Poor and many other religious, nonprofit organizations cannot and will not be complicit in killing the unborn,” Staver concluded.
Liberty Counsel filed the first private-party lawsuit challenging provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on behalf of Liberty University and various individuals.
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