CNA Staff, Jul 8, 2020 / 09:40 am
Catholic leaders and religious liberty advocates have welcomed the Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Little Sisters of the Poor on Wednesday, calling it a victory for freedom of conscience and the freedom of religious people to serve the poor.
"We are overjoyed that, once again, the Supreme Court has protected our right to serve the elderly without violating our faith," said Mother Loraine Marie Maguire of the Little Sisters in a statement July 8.
"Our life's work and great joy is serving the elderly poor and we are so grateful that the contraceptive mandate will no longer steal our attention from our calling."
The Little Sisters' victory at the Supreme Court on Wednesday comes nine years into their legal fight against the Obama-era "contraception mandate" which obliges employers to provide cost-free coverage for contraceptives, sterilizations, and "emergency birth control" in employee health plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).