Washington D.C., Sep 12, 2016 / 13:50 pm
The United States government has an opportunity to end its legal battle with the Little Sisters of the Poor and the administration must "seize that opportunity," legal experts are maintaining.
"In a nation dedicated to religious liberty, church-state conflict on this scale should be avoided whenever possible – and once started, ended as soon and as agreeably as possible," legal counsel for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops stated in Sept. 9 comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
They added that "it has now been spelled out with particular clarity how the Administration can achieve its stated policy goals without forcing those with sincerely held religious objections to assist."
The health care law, passed in 2010, ordered that "preventative care" be covered in all health plans. In regulations released later on, the Department of Health and Human Services interpreted that to mandate coverage for contraceptives, sterilizations, and drugs that can cause early abortions.