From the Becket Fund For Religious Liberty:
The world watched while the Pope, during his US tour, made a surprise visit to the Sisters “in support of the Sisters’ legal fight.” As you may know, on Holy Wednesday, March 23, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear Little Sisters of the Poor case in Zubik v. Burwell—a case that also includes several other ministries.
I am writing today to invite you to visit our new resources on this case:
• Website: New website that explains the case: thelittlesistersofthepoor.com
• Rally: On March 23, there will be a rally in front of the Supreme Court. For rally coordination details, please contact Meg McDonnell at Women Speak for Themselves.
• Meet the Little Sisters in this series of 90 second videos.
The fate of the Little Sisters is the fate of all Americans. I hope you will partner with us in educating the public about the importance of this case and in fighting for religious liberty!
FIVE FACTS ABOUT THE LITTLE SISTERS’ SUPREME COURT CASE
1. 1 in 3 Americans are not even covered by the mandate HHS is fighting so hard to force the Little Sisters to follow.
2. Exxon, Chevron, and Pepsi—as well as other large corporations—are exempt from the mandate, because they never changed their plans and are “grandfathered.” Family plans with the U.S. military, the largest employer in the world, are also exempted.
3. If the Little Sisters do not provide these services, the government is threatening to fine them with $70 million in fines per year.
4. This case does not endanger or affect the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It only deals with a regulation created by an agency—Health and Human Services—which would force the Sisters to provide services like the week after pill, ella, to its employees.
5. The government claims it offered them an “opt out.” The Sisters wish that were true. The government’s plan is an “opt in” that uses the Little Sisters’ healthcare plan. This is why the government insists it needs the Sisters’ signature.
Learn more at thelittlesistersofthepoor.com.