14 States force Little Sisters of the Poor back to court

California Attorney General Becerra asks judge to take away ministries’ religious protections

Editor’s note. This was provided by Becket.org, a public interest organization dedicated to protecting religious liberties.

WASHINGTON – The Little Sisters of the Poor will be in court Thursday to ask for protection from a lawsuit by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra threatening their religious ministry.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will hear arguments in California v. Little Sisters of the Poor and decide if California and 13 other states can force Catholic nuns to provide services their health care plan in violation of their faith.

In 2017, following an Executive Order, a five-year legal battle resulting in a Supreme Court victory, and a new HHS rule protecting religious non-profits, the Little Sisters finally received a religious exemption that applies to non-profits nationwide. Yet California immediately sued the federal government to take that exemption away. Joined now by 13 other states, Attorney General Becerra is forcing the Little Sisters back to court to defend their hard-earned religious protection.

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