Pope to meet with nuns challenging Obamacare contraception mandate

Pope Francis made an unsheduled stop at the convent of the Little Sisters of the Poor, the order of nuns challenging the Obamacare mandate in court.  The Vatican referred to the visist as a "brief but highly symbolic" gesture of support for their cause. Reuters: Last August, a federal appeals court in Denver put on hold its ruling that the order of Roman Catholic nuns must comply with a contraception mandate in the law, giving the group time to petition the U.S. Supreme Court. The nuns had sued under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act over the birth control provision of the 2010 Affordable Health Care Act, widely known as Obamacare. The Sisters argued that the law forces them to provide insurance coverage for their employees to support contraception and sterilization services in violation of their religious beliefs, or face steep fines. Under a compromise crafted under the healthcare law, religious groups can opt-out of paying for the services, but a...(Read Full Post)