Why the Little Sisters of the Poor shouldn't settle for a stingy exemption

The Catholic order won an important victory at the Supreme Court on Monday — but it's not nearly enough

The Little Sisters of the Poor should demand to have their beliefs taken seriously.
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The Little Sisters of the Poor won a victory of sorts at the Supreme Court this week. But I fear it is a temporary one that doesn't truly vindicate the freedom of the Catholic nuns.

Here's the background: Christian groups like the Little Sisters were initially required under ObamaCare to provide contraceptive services as part of their employee benefits package. But after they objected on moral and religious grounds, the White House created an "accommodation" that would let them opt out of providing such coverage directly. The Little Sisters, however, argue that the opt-out process still amounts to an authorization of these services. On Monday, the Supreme Court didn't rule on the merits of the case, but vacated lower court rulings that would have made the Sisters comply with the accommodation.

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