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Calif. Attorney General drags Little Sisters of the Poor back to court

by | Dec 12, 2017

Oakland court hearing today will decide if Becerra lawsuit can take away HHS religious exemption from Catholic nuns

Editor’s note. This update was provided by The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Little Sisters of the Poor will go to court today to defend themselves against a lawsuit by Attorney General of California Xavier Becerra, who is suing to take away the Sisters’ religious exemption from a Health and Human Services rule. [State of California v. Hargan]

In early October, HHS issued a new rule that protects religious non-profits like the Little Sisters of the Poor from providing services in their healthcare plans in violation of their faith. The Little Sisters’ four-year legal ordeal was close to an end.

Now the state of California is suing HHS to take away the Little Sisters’ religious exemption. Represented by Becket, the Little Sisters will be back in court to ensure that they can continue their vital ministry of caring for the elderly poor without violating their faith.

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