by Claire Chretien, LifeSiteNews.com
A drafted new federal regulation was leaked last week, and pro-life groups say if it’s finalized it will be an “important step” toward ensuring the Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious employers don’t have to participate in the provision of contraception.
For years, religious employers have fought a regulation from the Obama administration’s Health and Human Services (HHS) department forcing them to participate in the provision of contraception and life-ending drugs and devices against their beliefs. The Little Sisters of the Poor, pro-life nuns who care for the elderly poor, have been at the center of this battle along with Hobby Lobby. Many other religious entities are fighting the mandate as well.
The government claimed it exempted the nuns from its rule forcing employers to provide their employees with health plans that covered various contraceptive and potentially life-ending drugs and devices. But the way the “exemption” worked was that the Little Sisters of the Poor would have to sign a document stating their moral opposition to providing such services – and the signing of this document would trigger the provision of those services anyway, just not technically from the Little Sisters.
The fight went all the way to the Supreme Court, which ordered the government to work with the Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious employers to find a solution.
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