ON-Lion Letter

In August, 20 states, a group of Orthodox Jewish rabbis, five orders of nuns, the flagship seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention, and many other religious and secular organizations filed amicus curiae, or "friend-of-the-court," briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the Little Sisters of the Poor in their constitutional challenge to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate that they provide insurance coverage for contraception to their employees. 

Last month, the Little Sisters and several other religious ministries appealed to the Supreme Court for relief, which is forcing them to comply with the health-care mandate in violation of the free exercise of their faith or pay millions in fines to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

"We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of support we have received from such a wide range of people and groups," said Sister Loraine Marie Maguire, Mother Provincial for the Little Sisters of the Poor.  "We simply ask the government to allow us to continue our ministry of caring for the elderly poor as we have for over 175 years without being forced to violate our faith or pay government fines."

"This strong show of support for the Little Sisters demonstrates just how important it is that the Supreme Court address the impact of the HHS mandate, particularly on religious groups," said Mark Rienzi, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represents the Little Sisters of the Poor along with Bradley Prize recipient Paul D. Clement and some others.  "It is especially significant that 20 state governments are supporting the Little Sisters at the Supreme Court."

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports the Becket Fund.

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