In a time when some believe their lives matter more than others, let us not forget that we cannot diminish the value of one category of human life – the unborn – without diminishing the value of all human life.
Today, the Supreme Court issued a ruling upholding a pro-life order from President Trump that protected the Little Sisters of the Poor from being forced to pay for abortion-causing drugs under their health insurance plan. Heartless abortion advocates have spent years trying to force the Catholic nuns to fund the destruction of unborn babies in abortions.
In a pro-life win, Justices voted 7-2 in favor of the order from the president with Chief Justice John Roberts side with the four conservatives on the court along with liberal Justices Stephen Breyer and Elana Kagan. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, both strong abortion advocates, dissented. Conservative Christian, Justice Clarence Thomas delivered the opinion of the court.
Thomas wrote, “For over 150 years, the Little Sisters have engaged in faithful service and sacrifice, motivated by a religious calling to surrender all for the sake of their brother. . . . But for the past seven years, they—like many other religious objectors who have participated in the litigation and rulemakings leading up to today’s decision— have had to fight for the ability to continue in their noble work without violating their sincerely held religious beliefs.”
The Court held that the federal government was right to protect those beliefs, according to Life News. “We are overjoyed that, once again, the Supreme Court has protected our right to serve the elderly without violating our faith,” said Mother Loraine Marie Maguire of the Little Sisters of the Poor. “Our life’s work and great joy is serving the elderly poor and we are so grateful that the contraceptive mandate will no longer steal our attention from our calling.”
Leading pro-life groups and conservatives have hailed the high court’s decision as a major pro-life victory.
Finally—The Little Sisters of the Poor have an end to this ordeal. The Supreme Court is right to allow the 1st Amendment principle of religious freedom to prevail over government overreach. https://t.co/YnMoswiqqr
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) July 8, 2020
“Today is a major victory for President Trump, who has courageously fought to protect the Little Sisters of the Poor from the Obama-Biden HHS abortifacient mandate,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser in comments to LifeNews.com.
The Little Sisters of the Poor had spent years tirelessly fighting the Obama HHS mandate that forces Christian groups to fund abortions. The Supreme Court previously sided with the Catholic nuns, but pro-abortion Democrats have found new ways to drag them back to court.
Since then, leading Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi, have been advocating against the nuns’ case. In April, Pelosi, who claims to be a Catholic herself, slammed the religious exemption as “despicable.” In Little Sisters of the Poor v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Sisters asked the Supreme Court to put a stop to Pennsylvania’s attempt to take away their hard-earned religious exemption from the HHS contraceptive mandate, and end their seven-year legal battle once and for all.
Big win for religious liberty!
Our country was founded on the freedom of religion.
It’s unconstitutional – and morally WRONG – for the government to force faith-based institutions to take action that violates their beliefs.
— Rep. Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) July 8, 2020
Sister Loraine Marie Maguire took to the national stage asking the nation’s highest court to let the Little Sisters focus on helping the elderly and poor without having to pay for abortions via a Fox News column.
President Donald Trump has stood with the Little Sisters in their battle. During the Faith & Freedom Coalition conference in Washington this year, Trump defended religious freedom for the Little Sisters and others.