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Sotomayor Blocks Obamacare Mandate for Little Sisters of the Poor

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Late on the last day of 2013, Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor issued an injunction that protected the Denver based Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged from requiring that the Catholic facility for the elderly provide contraception coverages for employees. The requirement was set to go into effect on January 1, 2014.

Other lower courts granted similar petitions on Monday, but according to Politico, "a request from the Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged in Denver was denied, prompting its lawyers to go to the Supreme Court."

The emergency order only applies to the facility in Denver, but could have implications for other court actions. Some one hundred institutions have filed suit against Obamacare.

Mark Rienzi, Senior Counsel for the Becket Fund, said ”We are delighted that the Supreme Court has issued this order protecting the Little Sisters. The government has lots of ways to deliver contraceptives to people–it doesn’t need to force nuns to participate.”

Read The Order.

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