ON-Lion Letter

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for the Little Sisters of the Poor in the consolidated cases of Zubik v. Burwell on March 23.  The Court will decide whether the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of Catholic nuns who have dedicated their lives to caring for the elderly poor, and other faith-based ministries can be forced to change their health-care plans to offer drugs that violate their religious beliefs when those same drugs could be made available through health-care exchanges.

After promising that the Little Sisters' religious beliefs would be protected, the government created a new regulation requiring the order change their plan to offer drugs that violate Catholic teaching.  One-third of U.S. workers are employed by secular companies that the government has exempted from having to provide these same drugs in their plans because those employers did not try to update their health plans under the Affordable Care Act and are "grandfathered."

The Little Sisters of the Poor are represented by The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C., and the case will be argued by Bradley Prize recipient and leading Supreme Court advocate Paul D. ClementThe Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports The Becket Fund.

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