Today the Supreme Court of the United States agreed to hear the Little Sisters of the Poor’s challenge to the accommodation provision of the federal contraceptive mandate. The order list is here.
In July, a panel of the Tenth Circuit rejected the challenge in Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell, holding that the accommodation does not substantially burden the nuns’ religious beliefs. In September, five judges of the Tenth Circuit dissented from the Court’s refusal to rehear the case en banc in this opinion by Judge Harris Hartz.
The Little Sisters of the Poor run the Villa Guadalupe in Gallup, New Mexico, where they provide care for the elderly poor.