Denver, Colo., Sep 25, 2013 / 15:20 pm
The Little Sisters of the Poor have filed the first class-action lawsuit against the federal contraception mandate, saying that it would require them to violate the teachings of their Catholic faith.
"Like all of the Little Sisters, I have vowed to God and the Roman Catholic Church that I will treat all life as valuable, and I have dedicated my life to that work," Mother Loraine Marie Clare Maguire, superior of the congregation's Baltimore province, said Sept. 24.
"We cannot violate our vows by participating in the government's program to provide access to abortion inducing drugs."
The Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged in Denver and the Little Sisters of the Poor Baltimore, Inc., both non-profit corporations, are plaintiffs in the suit, as well as "all others similarly situated."