Washington D.C., Mar 22, 2016 / 15:52 pm
Members of the United States Congress have voiced their support for the Little Sisters of the Poor before their case is argued before the Supreme Court on Wednesday.
"We talk a lot about public service up here. Well, these are the people who live it," House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) said of the sisters on the House Floor on Tuesday, noting that they serve the poor in 31 countries. "They are the definition of public service."
On Wednesday, oral arguments for Zubik v. Burwell will take place at the Supreme Court. The case is a bundle of seven cases against the HHS mandate, including as plaintiffs Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh, the Little Sisters of the Poor, the Archdiocese of Washington, and several Christian colleges.
At issue is the administration's mandate that employers provide contraceptive coverage in employee health plans, and the ensuing "accommodations" they offered religious non-profits to comply with the mandate.