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Nuns' birth control fight ends in compromise with Supreme Court decision

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Nuns' birth control fight has ended in compromise with a Supreme Court decision. On Fri., Jan. 24, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States came up with a compromise to satisfy a group of nuns in Denver who operate Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged, which are charity nursing homes.

According to the Huffington Post, "Churches and other houses of worship are exempt from the birth control requirement, but affiliated institutions that serve the general public are not. That includes charitable organizations, universities and hospitals." That means the Denver nuns in question are not already exempt.

The nuns had sought to be exempt from the contraceptive coverage requirement of the Affordable Care Act. The Supreme Court decision has granted the group temporary exemption from the requirement with the stipulation that they must put their objection to the birth control mandate in writing.

The nuns plan to comply with the Supreme Court's decision and state their objections in writing as required. The document must be supplied to the Department of Health and Human Services. It must state that they are a religious nonprofit organization, and it must include the group's objection to birth control.

The nuns birth-control compromise is a short-term measure that will remain in place until the nuns' appeal can be heard by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

For more information on the nuns' birth control objections and the temporary Supreme Court compromise, please see the video at the top of the page.



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