More Supreme Court briefs filed in the Little Sisters of the Poor case
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For Immediate Release: April 20, 2016
Media Contact: Melinda Skea, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-349-7224
Less than a week after the Supreme Court heard the case of the Little Sisters of the Poor, the Court made an almost unprecedented move asking both sides to provide additional arguments about whether the government could find ways to distribute contraceptives without the involvement of religious non-profits and their health plans.Last week, the religious non-profits responded the Supreme Court: “The answer to that question is clear and simple: Yes.”“We are so grateful that the Court asked to hear more about our case,” said Sister Loraine Marie Maguire, mother provincial for the Little Sisters of the Poor. “We just want to focus on our mission of serving the elderly poor as we have for the last 175 years while being faithful to the teachings of our Church.”
Currently the government exempts 1 in 3 Americans from this regulation. It also exempts large corporations such as Exxon, Visa and even the government’s own Military family plan. A total of 100 million Americans are exempt.
“This case is about the freedom of all Americans to follow their faith,” said Dr. Blair Blackburn, President of East Texas Baptist University. “We simply ask the Court to recognize that ETBU is a conscientious objector, and that the federal government is insisting that we act as a conscientious collaborator.”
“At HBU, our faith animates everything we do, including our emphasis on academic excellence,” said Dr. Robert Sloan, president of Houston Baptist University. “We are hopeful that the Supreme Court will let us continue to serve our students and others.”
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Paul D. Clement of Bancroft, PLLC presented the oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court for the Little Sisters. Noel J. Francisco of Jones Day LLP also presented arguments on behalf of several ministries. The Little Sisters of the Poor are represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, Locke Lord LLP, and Professor Kevin Walsh of the University of Richmond Law School. Robert Muise of American Freedom Law Center represents plaintiff Priests for Life. David Cortman of Alliance Defending Freedom represents several different religious ministries.
A decision from the Supreme Court can be expected in June.
For more information or to arrange a follow-up interview with a Becket Fund attorney, please contact Melinda Skea at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-349-7224. Interviews can be arranged in English, Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
- Little Sisters’ Supplemental Reply Brief (April 20, 2016)
- Little Sisters’ Supplemental Brief (April 12, 2016)
- Government’s Supplemental Reply Brief (April 20, 2016)
- Government’s Supplemental Brief (April 12, 2016)
- New Resource: The Little Sisters of the Poor Website
- Photos and Video for media use (Credit: Becket Fund)
- Media Kit for the Little Sisters of the Poor (all legal docs, press releases, background, images)
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