(WND) In a 7-2 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday gave yet another victory to the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of Catholic nuns who have been fighting the Obamacare demand that they pay for abortions for employees.
The court previously ruled in their favor twice. This time the ruling was against the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, which were trying to impose the mandate.
The court noted the Obamacare law, which is under challenge in its entirety in the courts, “requires covered employers to provide women with ‘preventive care and screenings’ without ‘any cost sharing requirements.'”
It relies on “Preventive Care Guidelines” from the Health Resources and Services Administration to define the requirements. They include paying for Food and Drug Administration approved contraceptives, including abortion-inducing drugs.
Churches, and that was expanded to allow “qualifying religious organizations” to opt out.
In the Hobby Lobby decision in 2014, the court ruled the mandate “substantially burdened the free exercise of closely held corporations with sincerely held religious objections” to abortion.
In a second decision, the Supreme Court returned to the lower courts a case to “develop an approach that would accommodate employers’ concerns.”
The federal government then implemented rules that significantly expanded the church exemption to include an employer who “objects … based on its sincerely held religious beliefs” to even “arranging” for abortion coverage.
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Editors note. This post was written by WND staff and posted at WND. Title changed by Pulpit & Pen
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