Little Sisters of the Poor stand firm against mandate

By George P. Matysek Jr. from The Catholic Review

CATONSVILLE – The phone rang at the Catonsville headquarters of the Little Sisters of the Poor just moments after a Dec. 31 televised news program reported on Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s order to temporarily prevent the Little Sisters of the Poor from being required to comply with the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate.

A 12-year-old girl from Colorado had been watching the breaking news with her parents and wanted to call the Little Sisters to support their lawsuit against the federal government.

The sisters object to having to provide contraceptives, sterilizations and abortifacient drugs within their employee health insurance coverage under what is popularly known as “Obamacare.”

“The girl wanted us to know that she and her family were Catholic and were 100 percent behind us and that they were praying for us,” remembered Sister Lawrence Pocock, a Little Sister of the Poor who ministers at St. Martin’s Home for the Aged in Catonsville. “She said she wanted to be a nun when she grows up. It was so touching.”

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