'Little Sisters of the Poor' Refuse to Bow to Obamacare

When it comes to public opinion, the Obama Administration couldn’t find a worse group to pick a fight with than this order of nuns who attend to the frail and elderly

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“Quality of life stands as their first concern and so the Little Sisters run low-cost, top-flight nursing homes. People trust grandma and grandpa to their care. Those who pass to their eternal reward in these homes do so in the arms of loving nuns who have become family. People have seen the work of these nuns all across the United States and around the world. There is nothing with which to pick a fight.

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Little Sisters on the job in Denver

“Yet, that is what the Department of Justice did in January when it opposed Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s New Year’s Eve decision to grant the nuns a temporary reprieve from having to pay crippling fines for refusing to sign what the Justice Department has described as a meaningless government form.”

Rather than being left alone to concentrate fully on the destitute senior citizens whom they have served since 1888, the Little Sisters are being victimized by bureaucrats who have nothing to lose as they collect their big government paychecks. They are being distracted from their divine calling “by Team Obama’s insistence that they genuflect before Obamacare’s mandate to provide free contraceptives to all fertile women, regardless of income,” writes Murdock. “As serious Catholics, the sisters oppose birth control, especially in their own health plan.”

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If they continue to resist, Obama’s bureaucrats plan to slam the sisters with crippling fines of $100 per day per employee – even though these “employes” work without pay. With 60 unpaid nuns on the staff of the Little Sisters of Denver, they stand to be fined $2.2 unless they permit Obamacare to provide contraceptives for these workers.

That’s right, the Obama Administration is threatening to fine nuns – who are unlikely to ever need contraceptives since they are celibate

and bound by religious vows not to violate the Catholic Church’s teachings, which includes a ban on contraceptives.

The cornerstone at one of the Sisters' nursing homes

The cornerstone at one of the Sisters’ nursing homes

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Rob Kerby, Senior Editor
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