Little Sisters of the Poor website answers multiple government misrepresentations in SCOTUS case
Website Simply Explains Case & Why Little Sisters’ Win Best for All
For Immediate Release: February 16, 2016
Media Contact: Melinda Skea, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-349-7224
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new website explaining the Little Sisters of the Poor case and addressing the government’s numerous misrepresentations was launched today. The Little Sisters case, which will be most likely heard on Wednesday, March 23, has been one of the cases subject to increased speculation given the recent vacancy created by Justice Antonin Scalia’s sudden death.
The website addresses why a win for the Little Sisters is a win for all Americans:
- 1 in 3 Americans do not have a plan that is subject to the mandate HHS is fighting so hard to force the Little Sisters of the Poor to follow.
- Exxon, Chevron and Pepsi as well as other large corporations are exempt from the mandate.
- The US military, which employs millions offers a family insurance plan exempt from the mandate.
- There is an easy solution that protects the Little Sisters’ religious freedom and the right of the government to offer these services to women who want them. Rather than trying to force religious plans to offer these services, the better solution is for the government to provide these services through the ACA healthcare exchange to any employees who want them but can’t get them through employer plans.
The Little Sisters of the Poor have received widespread support including from a diverse coalition of religious leaders representing Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Native American, Catholic, Protestant, and other faiths as well as over 200 Democratic and Republican Members of Congress.
“It’s easy to support religious freedom for the majority,” said Dr. Ossama Bahloul, Imam of The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro. “But the test of America’s commitment to religious diversity and freedom comes when we show we’ll defend minorities and those with whom we do not fully agree.”
“We have great admiration for the Little Sisters who are standing up not just for themselves and the elderly poor they serve but for the rights of all people of faith, including Jews,” said Rabbi Mitchell Rocklin. “Their courage is an example to all of us.” Rabbi Rocklin is a member of the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America.
“We stand with the Little Sisters because America’s proudest moments have come when the many have joined to defend the rights of the few, and we know too well the real cost when our government ignores its promises and puts expediency above principle,” said Pastor Robert Soto of the Lipan Apache Tribe in Texas.
“We are overjoyed and deeply grateful for the diverse outpouring of support we have received from such a variety of people and groups,” said Sister Loraine Marie Maguire, Mother Provincial for the Little Sisters of the Poor. “We have been serving the elderly poor for over 175 years and are simply asking the government to allow us to continue our life’s work without being forced to choose between our faith and millions in government fines.”
For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Melinda Skea at email@example.com or 202-349-7224. Interviews can be arranged in English, Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
- Press Images
- Full List of Amicus Briefs
- Media kit for the Little Sisters of the Poor (images, video, press releases, legal docs)
- Supreme Court Brief (January 4, 2016)
- Cert Grant (November 6, 2015)
- HHS Information Central
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