We Little Sisters of the Poor are happy to announce that our long struggle to obtain relief from the HHS Contraceptive Mandate may soon be over. On Thursday, May 4, the National Day of Prayer, President Donald Trump reaffirmed his commitment to religious liberty as he issued an executive order instructing federal agencies to resolve this issue. HHS Secretary Tom Price quickly followed up with a statement pledging to take action “in short order” to follow through on the President’s instructions.
The HHS Contraceptive Mandate under the Affordable Care Act requires employer health plans to provide free contraceptives, sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs, regardless of any moral or religious objections. The punitive fines imposed on those who cannot comply with the Mandate represent an insupportable burden; for us Little Sisters of the Poor they would total 70 million dollars per year.
The Little Sisters of the Poor, along with many other Catholic institutions and religious organizations of various faiths, sought relief from the Mandate in the courts. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of our Congregation repeatedly and yet the previous administration would not grant us an exemption from the HHS Mandate.
As we await the final resolution of our case we thank God for his Providential care and our friends and benefactors for their prayerful support. We also want to thank our legal team at Becket and all those who contributed to our case. Finally, we wish to affirm our commitment to offering the neediest elderly of every race and religion a home where they will be welcomed as Christ, cared for as family and accompanied with dignity until God calls them to himself.