Relief From the “Contraceptive Mandate”
Because of the Affordable Care Act and an Executive Order from President Obama to the Health and Human Services (HHS), Churches and religious organizations were mandated to supply contraceptives for those who received employee provided health care from those institutions.
For some, this was contrary to their long held religious beliefs. In the court case of Little Sisters of the Poor v. Price, the Catholic organization was forced to provide contraceptive care to employees according to a ruling of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. However, on May 5, 2017 the United States Supreme Court overturned the lower court’s ruling and found in favor for the Little Sisters of the Poor.