The Little Sisters of the Poor take on the Obama administration

This week the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty announced that it has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Little Sisters of the Poor against the HHS mandate, which requires that employers pay for contraception and sterilization insurance coverage or else face hefty fines.

The sisters are joined by their benefits providers, Christian Brothers Services and Christian Brothers Employee Benefits Trust, in the first class-action suit against the contraception mandate.

The Little Sisters of the Poor and other plaintiffs in the suit do not qualify for the narrow “religious exemption” outlined by the Obama administration because their purpose is not primarily inculcation of the faith-the Little Sisters’ ministry is serving the elderly-and they do not serve or hire only members of their own religion. Beginning on January 1, 2014, the sisters and other non-exempt employers will be subject to IRS fines of $100 per employee per day of non-compliance with the HHS mandate.