07-08-2020 CBN News Benjamin Gill
File photo of pre-pandemic pro-life protesters at the US Supreme Court (AP Photo)
The US Supreme Court is upholding religious exemptions for pro-life employers who don’t want to be forced to provide contraception, including abortion-inducing drugs, to their employees.
In an overwhelming 7-2 ruling on Wednesday morning, the court sided with the Trump administration which had taken steps to allow employers with religious convictions to be exempt from the birth control mandate in the Affordable Care Act, also referred to as Obamacare.
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“We hold today that the Departments had the statutory authority to craft that exemption, as well as the contemporaneously issued moral exemption. We further hold that the rules promulgating these exemptions are free from procedural defects,” Justice Clarence Thomas wrote.
The case revolved around a group of nuns called Little Sister of the Poor that was fighting back against the contraception mandate, saying it violated their religious beliefs. The nuns had fought the case and won before, but then the state of Pennsylvania tried again to force them to violate their pro-life beliefs.
Each of the Little Sisters of the Poor has taken a vow to care for the elderly poor, which they do in facilities across the country. One of their Mother Superiors, Sister Loraine Marie Maguire, said, “We could not comply with the mandate. To do so would undermine our most important belief, that all life is valuable. We cannot hold the hands of the elderly dying while at the same time facilitating the ending of unborn life.”
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