SCOTUS Hears Little Sisters of the Poor Case via Telephone

This week, the Supreme Court will hear a series of oral arguments in a number of cases via telephone, due to the coronavirus outbreak. One of the cases on the docket, to be heard Friday morning, is Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania, the latest iteration in a series of cases considering whether religious groups are exempt from Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate.

In the past, the Supreme Court has ruled unanimously in support of the Little Sisters — a charitable order of Catholic nuns that cares for the elderly poor — deciding that it would be a violation of religious freedom if the group were forced to comply with the Health and Human Services mandate, which requires that employers cover contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs in health-care plans. Such drugs violate Catholic teaching.

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