Archbishop William Lori, Chairman of the USCCB’s Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty, this week commended the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear lawsuits brought by religious organizations challenging the HHS contraceptive mandate.
Religious organizations, including the Little Sisters of the Poor, Christian universities, and other faith-based organizations challenged the Obama administration’s accommodation to the mandate which requires the organizations to sign a letter of objection to offering abortion inducing drugs in their health plans.
The letter of objection sets a process in motion that results in the organization’s insurance company providing the offending drugs at no cost to the organization or its employees. Religious organizations object to this process, stating that it requires them to facilitate the provision of these drugs, which violates their religious convictions.
The lower courts have largely ruled against the religious organizations, holding that the accommodation doesn’t offend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Will the Supreme Court reverse these decisions? A ruling is expected next June. Read more here.