The religious nonprofits challenging their participation in the contraceptive mandate under the ACA agreed with a U.S. Supreme Court proposal to provide coverage under an alternative plan.
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Faith and Justice: The Supreme Court's proposed solution came one week after the oral argument. Oral arguments can help us understand the disputed issues.
Analysis: Is the HHS contraception mandate a threat to religious liberty? The Supreme Court has been asked to decide. Oral arguments take place March 23.
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In a filing Thursday with the U.S. Supreme Court, the Little Sisters of the Poor have asked the court for relief from being forced to comply with the federal contraceptive mandate or face heavy fines.
The sisters are being asked to choose between adhering to their Catholic faith -- which prohibits them from providing contraceptives -- and continuing to pursue their religious mission of serving the elderly poor, said Sr. Loraine Marie Maguire, mother provincial of the order.
Faith and Justice: No public policy is perfect. There is always something wrong with it. We live in an imperfect world.
The 2015 session of the U.S. Supreme Court produced a number of significant decisions.
We will of necessity focus on arguably the two most significant cases, especially in regard to the hierarchy of the Catholic church. Those decisions are ,of course, the decision authorizing same-sex marriage throughout the country and the decision regarding the Affordable Care Act.
The act made it through its second Supreme Court test, but by no means will it end the legal and political assaults on it.
"Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote.
Catholic advocates are pressing Congress to make the needs of poor and vulnerable people a priority as legislators hammer out a federal spending plan for 2016.
The advocates told Catholic News Service they want to prevent trillions of dollars in social services spending from disappearing over the next decade as Congress seeks to balance the federal budget and reduce the nation's growing debt.
Their actions unfolded in recent weeks as they learned of Republican plans to remake the way social services such as Medicaid and food stamps are funded.