The Little Sisters of the Poor will not have to provide birth control against their religious beliefs while their case against the Department of Health and Human Services works its way through the appeals court system, it was announced today.

The Washington Post reports:

In a short and unsigned order, the court said the Little Sisters of the Poor must simply inform the Obama administration that they are a religious organization that should be exempt from the requirement.

The court order says the nuns do not have to sign a government form to which they objected because they said it authorizes a third-party to provide the contraceptive coverage.

Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards called the Little Sisters’ win a matter of paperwork rather than religious freedom.

The Supreme Court will take up the issue of the birth control mandate in a related case in March.

  • Yeah I Said It

    Finally some good news.

  • Republicanvet

    Good for them and good for the Constitution!

  • SpaceRacer423

    nuns: one
    Obama: none
    __________________
    say that five times fast/

    • Guest

      And it’s nun of his business!

    • ConservaWynne

      Nuns are tough. Just ask my Dad about Sister Euphenia’s ruler!

      • Eric D. Mertz #NeverTrump

        My Dad had old school Nuns at Rockhurst. You learned quick back then. The Ursuline nuns who taught at my HS often looked like they wished they still could use the rulers with a few of my class-mates.

        • ConservaWynne

          In KC? My dad went to de la Salle, I went to Sion but the nuns then were so old they turned sweet!

          • Eric D. Mertz #NeverTrump

            Miege myself. Followed Dad’s baby brother cause I wanted to go to a school with girls and I found the fact most of the Aquinas kids looked like clones a little creepy. Wound up on best debate team in Kansas, thank God. Our biology teacher still remember when she was allowed to use the ruler though, and there were times she looked like she wanted to.

        • Marcy Cook

          The Ursuline nuns have now turned into radical lefties. They celebrate Simone Campbell, SSS….a radical nun who does not abide by the Gospels. A nun who supported obamacare with a vengeance in 2010. She spoke at the DNC. She rides the Nuns on the Bus. And, the Ursulines worship her. And the Ursulines of today support obama without question. They look down upon the Little Sisters of the Poor.

          • Eric D. Mertz #NeverTrump

            Yikes. We never had any problems at school, but all of them were teaching science and kept the subject on topic. Sad to hear a once great educational order has turned political. *sighs*

  • Republicanvet

    Alternate headline: Administration Thugs Fail at Bullying Little Sisters.

    • CR

      I was thinking when I saw this, this is great news… but how sad that this would even be a question that a court would need to decide.

      You’d think a constitutional law professor (or at least one of his minions somewhere along the line), when considering the question: “Should we force nuns to buy birth control?” might have, at one point said, “hey, maybe this is NOT such a great idea…”

      • Republicanvet

        I doubt there is ever any question like that on anything these thugs dream up.

        To your point, it is sad that this has to actually go to a court for a ruling.

      • Jay Stevens

        You’d think.

        But look at it this way. 0’Care and HHS mandate birth control coverage. If the religious organization just goes along, he wins and sets a precedent. If they do not go along, he takes them to court and forces them to jump through his hoops and spend their money. If he wins, he sets a precedent. If he loses, so what? We, the people, are paying for his lawyers.

    • Happy Dragon

      They’re getting beat up by girls!

  • Matthew Koch

    If the information on Planned Parenthood’s website about the cost of contraceptives is accurate, most people probably spend more on iTunes each month than they do on contraceptives.

    They have the money to pay for it.

    They just don’t want to pay for it.

    • Matt

      If you’re paying insurance premiums on contraceptive coverage, then you are paying for your birth control.

      Or so I would think.

      • Matthew Koch

        Exactly. I don’t understand why some women think they’re getting it for free under those circumstances. Unless they’re just really dumb.

        • CR

          They really have no jobs (or at least not good ones b/c their feminist studies degree doesn’t actually qualify them for anything). So, they, in fact, are NOT paying for their birth control b/c they are getting insurance covered by taxpayer subsidies. You, my friend, are paying for their birth control.

          • Matthew Koch

            Sadly that is true about paying for that crap.

            Also, feminist studies degrees do at least qualify them to be community organizers or tv commentators. Granted that doesn’t require talent, but still.

          • Matthew Koch

            Also, I’m not your friend, buddy!

            (A Terrance and Phillip reference for the uninitiated.)

      • Guest

        You’re not paying premiums on contraception services if the nuns don’t offer it. The savings goes back to you and you can buy it yourself. They just have religious reasons and don’t want anything to do with contraception.

      • Jay Stevens

        That depends on your family. I am 67. My wife is 56. We do not need birth control coverage.

        If we are on an 0’Care plan, we are not paying for our coverage.

    • CR

      Target & Wal-Mart both offer a 1 month supply of generic birth control for $4 and a 3-month supply for $10.

      The liberals sold their freedom and the future of this country for less than the cost of a Justin Bieber album.

      • Matt

        If birth control costs any thing, it’s still worth more than a JB album.

        • Matthew Koch

          They are really useful if you need to put something underneath a couch leg to make it sit level.

          • Matt

            Much like those old AOL discs.

          • Matthew Koch

            Touché.

      • NRPax

        Let me answer your first paragraph with my observations.

        You see, generic “just doesn’t work” because they must have a brand name that helps them fight their debilitating medical condition. It’s kind of like the drug shoppers who show up at the ER demanding Percocet.

  • Matthew Koch

    If women don’t want men telling them what to do with their bodies, then they shouldn’t demand that someone else pay for something that goes into their bodies.

    If someone subsidizes your lifestyle, that gives them the right to tell you what to do.

  • Clete Torres

    Baby steps.

    No pun intended.

  • Matthew Koch

    Media headline tomorrow:

    “Right-Wing nonprofit is seeking to avoid having to give contraceptives to their hard working employees!”

    • $84598387

      Even worse and already said “the republican war on womens health care.”

    • Guest

      Alternate Headline: War On Nuns Reproductive Rights!

      • Matthew Koch

        Who knows. They might need the pill to stop a virgin birth. “If Mary had the pill she wouldn’t have been a teenage mom!”

        • Eric D. Mertz #NeverTrump

          Heh, reminds me of that story about the Nun from El Salvador who gave birth to a child in Italy. Several years after taking her vows. *tsk tsk*

      • digitalPimple

        check the AP they already started with the look at how EVIL the Catholic church is stories..

  • Republicanvet

    Thank you #SCOTUS?

    I have nothing to thank them for. They should have seen this for the unconstitutional abomination it is the first time it was before them.

  • H50 ✓RAT

    Good for the sisters.
    I hope this trend continues.

    • $84598387

      My ex wife’s grandmother volunteered at the local LSP for many years. She was a very religious person who outlived all her children and most of her family. When she started to mentally deteriorate because of age, the LSP took her into their facility for free.

      Her body was still in decent shape so she continued to help the others in many ways. When we would visit and see what the LSP and their employees do for these poor elderly people I was very impressed. VERY impressed.

      The old folks seemed happy and well cared for, unlike a few I knew in other type of “nursing homes”.

      They took good care of her until she passed at 97.

      When I see people speak of “the old hags” other vile descriptions from those who have no clue what they do or who they are I get very angry.

      I have told them to volunteer for a few hours once to see what they do. I never hear back form them.

      I am confident the LSP will not lose this case as they have support from a higher level than their attorneys.

      And I am not a practicing catholic any longer.

      • $84598387

        Really? A thumbs down? Care to say why?

        • H50 ✓RAT

          Down twinkles is a coward who hides in the dark and never says why.

          Thanks for the insight on the sisters Sandy. Quality elderly is coming to a crisis point in our country and most care facilities are little more than barely clean prisons where the elderly go to die. Its always nice to hear of groups who step up to fill that gap and give the elderly the care and dignity that they deserve.

          Because of the culture here, caring for our elderly is the responsibility of all and taken very seriously. Thats starting to be eroded with the establishment of the nanny state tho. Very sad and disheartening.

          • $84598387

            Go to their websites and see what these amazing women do WITH their lives FOR others lives. And to read people say bad things about them just makes me sick to think people could be so crude and unknowing.

          • H50 ✓RAT

            Yep, thats the whole purpose of the Ohana here. A self contained suite that family members can life in and still maintain their independence and dignity, while still being close to family who can care for them. Well done, your mom sounds like she was quite a pistol!

            The sisters do good work. There are many such organizations that do. That any of them should be disparaged by the ignorant is a pity. I just SMH and think about the bad Karma bank they are building. If they destroy the good works of folks like the sisters, just where do they think they will end up when they are old and unproductive?
            What makes them think that they wont be thrown away like used Kleenex?

          • $84598387

            I would like to meet you if I ever get to Hawaii again. What a nice person.

            The LSP I need to add, do not look at race creed sexual identity or anything else when they take people in. We need more not less of humans like that.

          • H50 ✓RAT

            Why thank you. (Blushing)

            They are good ladies with huge hearts. I just adore them!

          • $84598387

            24 years ago we bought this home and added a 989 sq ft addition with a full apartment for my Mom who was getting older and still in the family home. She lived rent and maintenance free for 18 years until she died camping as she and Dad had been doing forever. Dad passed in 1980. I felt obligated to do what I dis for her those 18 years. She always worked and traveled and was a busy woman, right up tot he day she passed. Her camping pals didn;t see her on her bicycle in the morning making rounds so they went to check on her and found her in her trailer. Same campground Dad died at in 1980.

  • $84598387

    They would not do this if the case had little chance to win.
    Or is it they did this because it has a good chance to win?

    • CR

      One of the factors in deciding whether to grant a stay is the likelihood the plaintiff will ultimately be successful on the merits. So, this is (theoretically) a good sign…

      • $84598387

        Thanks that is what I thought. This is then a good sign, especially since Sotomayor gave the original stay.

  • $84598387

    Remember, it was Obama appointee Sotomayor who originally gave the LSP a short reprieve. Thank you Justice.

    • Matthew Koch

      It’s more than Roberts has ever done.

      • $84598387

        WE are not sure about that yet. There is still a few cases winding their way up the courts. Origination clause may play a big part.

        • Eric D. Mertz #NeverTrump

          The question of course then becomes, why not just strike it down on origination clause basis the moment he decided it was a tax?

          • $84598387

            He couldn’t do that. They must rule on very narrow issues brought before them. The Justices cannot bring in something that was not in the suit before them.

            I think Roberts KNEW the issues with the origination clause, made it a tax since it originated in the wrong house and hoped he would get the chance to revisit it at a later date, and he very well may.

            That case is in the DC appeals court as we speak Eric.

            Sissel v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

          • Eric D. Mertz #NeverTrump

            I know, and I am following it, but it makes me pull my hair out regardless. I really hope you are right, and based on the tone of the dissent I think you likely are – though I doubt that stopped Thomas from wanting to b*slap Roberts for that, but he could have saved us all so much trouble if he had forced the Solicitor General to defend it coming from the Senate and still be a tax.

          • $84598387

            I hope I am right about Roberts and the plan I have put forth for his decision.

            I think the origination clause is a more powerful issue than the one he had before him to rule on.

            The big issue I worry about is the fact ObamaCareFail is in place. It will be a huge task to fix things if ObamaCareFail is found unconstitutional.
            I also worry about the lawlessness of Obama/Holder/Reid if it is struck down. How will these people react? I think they may just ignore it. And that would bring on even a bigger constitutional crisis.

          • Eric D. Mertz #NeverTrump

            If this was almost any other President, I wouldn’t worry. But this is the second coming of Woodrow Wilson, and that man would likely have ignored the court on such an issue as well.

          • Paige Jackson

            Yeah, I bet WW is kicking himself somewhere b/c he never had the race card to play.

  • MagPie

    The nuns are a force to be reckoned with. They are protected by a higher authority than the SCOTUS.

    • Julie the Jarhead

      Don’t mess with the nuns!

  • Matt

    Hobby Lobby shouldn’t get their hopes up on this ruling.

    This is a religious organization, HL is not.

    • NRPax

      Actually, this gives their lawyers some extra ammunition.

    • TocksNedlog

      Perhaps you should re-read the First Amendment over & over & over again, and then come back here and inform us of WHERE it says “the free exercise thereof BY ‘RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS'”.

  • waltermitty2012

    This reminds me of the All in the Family episode when Archie finds out you can’t beat a station wagon full of nuns.

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      VOTE UP +100000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
      Jawamax 8<{D}

  • Maxx

    Get ready for the audit.

  • 24fan

    Still not over I think. More praying.

  • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

    Finally, they are slowly figuring it All out…that we are all brothers and sisters, and the Government isn’t GOD, how some ever, that like to play as though they are.

  • http://www.GONINERS.com/ Kristine ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    I absolutely do not support taxpayers footing the bill for contraception.

    On the other hand, when it comes to the birth control pill, it is not prescribed solely for birth control, it’s also a treatment for PCOS and other conditions.

    Not sure how that coverage can be reconciled.

    • H50 ✓RAT

      When its prescribed for other health issues it becomes a medication instead of contraception and is covered under your prescription plan anyway.

      • http://www.GONINERS.com/ Kristine ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        Perhaps you have some sort of different situation but that has never been my experience.

        When an Rx is written it doesn’t necessarily have the “why” on there.

        There’s a list of items not covered, doesn’t matter what they are for.

        • H50 ✓RAT

          Had some problems with ovarian cysts years back and B/c pills were a prescribed medication in my treatment and they were covered as a medication.
          Maybe it depends on the doctors coding to the insurance? Or maybe the carrier? I dunno, just know that mine were but only under those circumstances.

          • http://www.GONINERS.com/ Kristine ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Must be something like that.

            Though generally the pharmacy has the prescription far quicker than a doctor’s coding to insurance.

            If it comes down to it being covered by everyone for non-BC reasons, than this whole outrage and going to court is a huge waste of time.

          • H50 ✓RAT

            Seems so to me too. There was 80 bizillion billing codes written into Obamacare, seems they could have covered it with that easy-peazy.

  • Justin Jurek

    I guess there’s still some signs of life in America the Satanic.

  • https://youtu.be/h82D5ZvcALM CrustyB

    The Supreme Court of the United States has to defend nuns against the government. Waiter, check please…

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    GOD Bless the Little Sisters of the Poor, and I hope they KEEP Fighting this Corrupt, anti-Religious Regime…And I hope the Good Lord has a bolt of Lightning for the next Court or Government Agency that oppresses those doing HIS (Not KING FINK 0BAMA’s) Work! Jawamax 8<{D}

    • $84598387

      The LSP have a much more important supporter than their attorneys.

  • Happy Dragon

    I’m not Catholic (WELS) but way to go Little Sisters!

  • el_polacko

    so suddenly the same crowd who regularly calls for the destruction of the judiciary is now thanking the court for a decision that they like ? kind of hypocritical, no ?

    • NRPax

      1. No one here has ever called for the destruction of the judiciary.

      2. When the government does something right, it’s normal to praise them for doing so. Kind of like dealing with a difficult to train puppy.

  • Paige Jackson

    I hope the SCOTUS shows similar good sense when/if they hear the Romeike case.

  • R1486

    News flash, you’re already signing a form that authorizes a third party to provide contraception. Its called money…