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Media Advisory: Press Conference to discuss Supreme Court reply briefs in the Little Sisters of the Poor case

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Ryan Colby 202-349-7219

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today at 4:00 p.m. EST, Becket will hold a press call to discuss the briefs being submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in the Little Sisters of the Poor case in Zubik v. Burwell. Both the Little Sisters of the Poor and the government will file briefs, due by 3:00 p.m. EST, in response to the supplemental briefs filed last week (available hereto answer the Court’s question whether the government has other ways to distribute contraceptives without forcing the nuns to violate their faith.

Less than a week after the Supreme Court heard the case of the Little Sisters of the Poor, the Court made an almost unprecedented move asking both sides to provide additional arguments about whether the government could find ways to distribute contraceptives without the involvement of religious non-profits and their health plans. The Little Sisters and other religious non-profit groups told the Supreme Court: “The answer to that question is clear and simple: Yes.”

Currently the government exempts 1 in 3 Americans from this regulation. It also exempts large corporations such as Exxon, Visa and even the government’s own Military family plan. A total of 100 million Americans are exempt.

Press Call for the Little Sisters of the Poor case
(supplemental reply briefs)

Mark Rienzi, senior counsel of Becket

Today, April 20, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. EST

How to join:
Dial in number: 888-670-9385
Pin: 54523
Email questions in advance to:

For more information or to arrange a follow-up interview with a Becket attorney, please contact Melinda Skea at or 202-349-7224. Interviews can be arranged in English, Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.


Becket is a non-profit, public-interest law firm dedicated to protecting the free expression of all religious traditions and has a 100% win-rate before the United States Supreme Court. For over 20 years, it has successfully defended clients of all faiths, including Buddhists, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Muslims, Native Americans, Sikhs, and Zoroastrians (read more).