Thursday, January 2, 2014

FRC Statement in Response to Justice Sotomayor Issuing a Stay for the Little Sisters of the Poor

January 02, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins released the following statement in response to Justice Sotomayor issuing a temporary stay for the Little Sisters of the Poor against the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) mandate. The U.S. Department of Justice has until 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning to respond to the Little Sisters of the Poor temporary stay.

Tony Perkins said:

"We are somewhat heartened by the temporary stay of the HHS mandate by Justice Sotomayor. This stay stops HHS from forcing one charitable organization, the Little Sisters of the Poor, to violate their religious beliefs, pay massive fines or drop coverage altogether. However, thousands of other religious non-profit employers and businesses are still threatened by this ObamaCare mandate, which forces them to choose between violating the teaching of their faith, or paying massive fines.

"While the court process continues, Congress must act quickly to protect the religious freedom of these Americans before they are forced to pay fines or drop coverage for families.

"The HHS mandate's safe harbor for religious organizations and businesses run from a faith perspective expired on January 1st. These groups must now choose between violating their faith, paying crippling fines of up to $100 per day per employee, or dropping healthcare coverage for their employees altogether," concluded Perkins.