SCOTUS to Hear Little Sisters of the Poor Religious Freedom Challenge to Obamacare This Week

The Little Sisters of the Poor - cartoon from defense websiteOn Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Zubik v. Burwell, a challenge by Catholic nuns from Little Sisters of the Poor to the Obamacare mandate forcing them to violate their faith by providing contraception. Contraception such as the morning-after pill can act as an abortifacient, so the nuns do not want to include it in employees’ health coverage.

With the advent of Obamacare, there is no reason why employees can’t turn to that as an alternative to their employers’ health insurance if they want contraceptives. After all, Democrats entitled it The Affordable Care Act because it is supposed to be a viable, affordable new option. Regardless, even without insurance, contraception is extremely inexpensive, merely $9 a month at Target for anyone and costs nothing for women who visit Planned Parenthood and claim they are low income. Planned Parenthood provides doctors at no charge to low-income women.

The nuns argue that the mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, since the government has not proven that this compulsion is the least restrictive means of advancing a compelling interest. A less restrictive means of providing inexpensive contraception would naturally be Obamacare.

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