The Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic order of nuns in the midst of a lawsuit against Obamacare's birth control mandate, are encouraged and optimistic following the United States Supreme Court's decision to vacate lower court rulings.
The high court unanimously decided on Monday to send the case brought by Little Sisters and 36 other religious non-profits (Zubik v. Burwell) against the Department of Health and Human Services Affordable Care Act mandate back to appeals courts, and also vacated an appeals court judgement that ruled that the Little Sisters had to allow the federal government to provide its employees birth control and abortifacients through the organization's health plan.
As the Supreme Court called on the courts and administration to "arrive at an approach going forward that accommodates petitioners' religious exercise," Little Sisters of the Poor's U.S. director of communications Sister Constance Veit told The Christian Post Tuesday that the court's decision affirms the fact that God has always been there to protect the sisters, no matter what sociopolitical conditions faced them. more >>
A Christian legal expert believes that the Obama Administration is continuing its legal battle against an order of nuns opposed to the federal government's birth control mandate because of an agenda to coerce religious groups.
The United States Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Little Sisters of the Poor's lawsuit to be exempted from the government's preventive services mandate will return to the lower court with an increased possibility that the nuns will get their exemption.
Kim Colby, director at the Center for Law & Religious Freedom of the Christian Legal Society, told The Christian Post that the Obama Administration has maintained this legal battle with the Little Sisters to benefit its "pro-abortion" allies. more >>
A 26-year-old woman looking forward to being a new mom died in a tragic collision on her way to deliver her baby at a hospital in Missouri last Wednesday. Doctors, however, managed to save her baby who has now been dubbed a "little miracle."
According to the Southeast Missourian, the woman, Sarah Iler of Cape Girardeau, was trying to follow her doctor's advice and carry the baby girl, Maddyson, for as long as possible because there was some concern she would be born too small.
When Sarah joined her estranged husband, Matt Rider, in his Red Chevrolet Blazer Wednesday morning, she was ready to be a mom, her sister, Kasandra Iler, told the newspaper. more >>
WASHINGTON — Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., argued Tuesday morning that the Obama administration has displayed a "total misunderstanding of faith" in its demands that the Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious non-profits be complicit in providing birth control and abortifacients to employees.
In a speech at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, Ryan praised the United States Supreme Court's unanimous decision on Monday to send the Little Sisters' case (Zubik v. Burwell) against the Department of Health and Human Services Obamacare mandate back to lower courts and vacate a lower court ruling, which had forced the Catholic order of nuns to allow the federal government to provide their employees birth control and abortion-inducing drugs through the organization's health plan.
Ryan stressed that religious liberty is one of the fundamental keys to happiness and any attempt by the government to restrict religious freedom should be strongly contested. more >>
A new global study shows that abortion rates declined significantly in the developed world but remained largely unchanged in developing regions over the past 25 years. Are these findings a verdict against pro-life laws? Media are wrongly suggesting so, says a scholar.
A new study by the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute and the World Health Organization found that between 1990 and 2014, the overall number of abortions per 1,000 women of childbearing age — 15–44 years old — in developed countries dropped from 46 to 27, while in developing countries, it changed little, from 39 to 37, "a nonsignificant difference."
Published by the U.K. medical journal The Lancet, the study also found that although the global abortion rate declined slightly during the 25-year period studied, the absolute number of abortions per year increased — from 50.4 million in 1990–1994 to 56.3 million in 2010–2014 — reportedly as a result of population growth. more >>
The United States Supreme Court sent several challenges to the Human and Human Services Department's contraception mandate back to the lower courts, vacating the earlier rulings.
Plaintiffs, including the Little Sisters of the Poor, East Texas Baptist University, and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington will have their lawsuits decided at the lower court level.
In a Per Curiam decision released Monday morning, the highest court in the land reasoned that the lower court decisions were to be vacated in light of a new possible resolution between the two parties. more >>