Yesterday, the Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious groups that just want to get back to their ministries heartily embraced the Supreme Court’s proposal that the government can provide women with drugs like abortion pills without involving nuns, pro-life priests, and religious colleges. In fact, this is what these charities have been proposing all along. The government can advance its goals without forcing groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor to violate their deepest beliefs. This can be done in a number of ways that are completely independent of the nuns, and that have precedent, such as a separate plan much like separate dental or vision plans used to cover millions of people. The government’s own admission that this is a viable option, in its brief filed yesterday, makes it clear that no nuns are needed for the Department of Health and Human Services to execute its plans.

Ashley McGuire
Senior Fellow with The Catholic Association