Nuns Will Take Obamacare Birth Control Mandate to Supreme Court

An elder-care charity run by nuns asked the Supreme Court on Monday to shield them from Obamacare’s birth control mandate, arguing that the government can provide their organizations’ female employees with contraceptives if it really wants to but shouldn’t force them to facilitate the coverage.

Attorneys for the Little Sisters of the Poor and three Christian colleges say the administration already has exempted a series of employers, undercutting its push to force religiously affiliated groups to formally opt out of the regulations so that a third party can step in and pay for the drugs and services.

“It is ridiculous for the federal government to claim, in this day and age, that it can’t figure out how to distribute contraceptives without involving nuns and their health plans,” said  Mark Rienzi, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is representing the nuns.

To illustrate their point, the attorneys noted that the government has “invested billions of dollars” in Obamacare’s Web-based exchanges, subsidizing insurance for people who were unable to get it through an employer.