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A group of Catholic nuns is being targeted by the Obama Administration after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby in a case challenging the Affordable Care Act’s Health and Human Services mandate which requires employer-sponsored health insurance to provide free access to contraceptives and abortions. The Government is pursuing the case against the Little Sisters of the Poor, the Christian Post reported in early September. The Government is making the case that because of the injunction granted to the nuns, the women employed by the Little Sisters are being denied what the Government considers to be a right to contraceptives. However, as a Catholic organization, the Little Sisters maintain that providing free access to contraceptives is in violation of their religious principles, and therefore a violation of their First Amendment Right to Freedom of Religion.
Many people in the United States who identify themselves as “Christian”, and some other religious affiliations as well, maintain that contraceptives and abortions are in direct contradiction to the beliefs that these individuals live their lives by. Many people run their businesses according to these same beliefs, with Hobby Lobby and Chick-fil-A being the most notable examples. These businesses are an extension of the owners who operate them, and they should be afforded the same Religious Freedom that the people running them are granted in their daily lives. Recent legal outcomes have begun to set the example that these businesses and groups should be granted the right to not abide by a law which is in contradiction to Religious Freedom. Yet, with each win by an employer, the Government seeks new opportunities to try and deny the Right to Religious Freedom to another group of individuals.
Women working for the Little Sisters of the Poor recognize that the organization is a Catholic organization, and so will abide by Catholic Doctrine in all its day-to-day operations. When anyone takes a position of employment with a Catholic (or other religious) employer, they do so with the understanding that the operation of that business, and how that business interacts with its employees, are bound by the religious principles by which that business is run. The Government may declare that contraceptives are a right for women working for the Government, but that “right” does not apply to women working for a religious employer practicing their Right to Freedom of Religion as guaranteed by the First Amendment.

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