Attorneys reiterate their call for the U.S. Supreme Court to step in after a second appeals court ruled against the sisters’ exemption from the federal contraception mandate.
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The settlement the University of Notre Dame won on behalf of itself and 70 other Catholic institutions could be imperiled.
Only a week earlier, the university had announced it would end contraceptive coverage Jan. 1.
Agreement states that plaintiffs would not be forced to provide health insurance coverage for ‘morally unacceptable’ products and procedures.
Church leaders welcome the Trump administration’s Oct. 6 decision to expand the religious exemption under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ contraceptive mandate.
Revised rules aim to bring relief to religious nonprofits and others with deeply held religious or moral convictions regarding contraception.
Lawyers for the Little Sisters of the Poor said it’s time to provide the sisters relief.
Observers expect Jeff Sessions’ office to offer a stringent interpretation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and emphasize conscience rights.