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HHS’ FINAL RULE EXEMPTS RELIGIOUS NON-PROFITS, YET THE LITTLE SISTERS ARE STILL IN COURT
On October 6, 2017, Health & Human Services issued a new rule with an exemption that protects religious ministries, in compliance with the Supreme Court’s 2016 ruling and a Presidential Executive Order. In its new rule, the government admitted that it broke the law by trying to force the Little Sisters of the Poor and others to provide services in their health plans that violated their religious beliefs like the week-after pill. On November 7, 2018 the government finalized that rule, continuing to protect the Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious ministries.
Shortly after the new rule was issued, however, several states sued the federal government to take away the religious exemption. These states admit they have many programs to provide contraceptives to women who want them, yet are arguing that non-profits, including the Little Sisters of the Poor, must be forced to comply with the federal mandate or pay tens of millions of dollars of government fines.
There are now 17 states in both lawsuits against the Little Sisters.