By now, you have probably heard of the Little Sisters of the Poor. They are a charitable group of Catholic nuns who minister to impoverished elderly people in need. Unfortunately, they are more famous for their legal struggles than their admirable charity work. For six years, they have waged a fight for a religious exemption to the Obamacare mandate forcing employers to cover abortion-inducing birth control in their healthcare plans. Of course, for Catholic nuns, that would be a clear violation of their sincerely-held religious convictions. Unfortunately, religious conviction doesn’t mean anything to the pro-abortion leftists who have persecuted these nuns for six long years.
The timeline of their persecution is infuriating. The Supreme Court granted the Little Sisters of the Poor a religious exemption from the Obamacare mandate in 2016. However, as soon as President Trump protected religious non-profits in a new rule, pro-abortion states sued again to get the protections removed. If you’re looking for someone to blame for this senseless persecution of charities, you can look to some very familiar faces. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi joined a letter calling pro-life conscience protection “despicable,” even though she claims to be Catholic herself. She was joined by 148 other House members and 37 senators.
These leftists just don’t get it. For them, the right not to support abortion is just a political talking point. All they want is another notch in their belt. It doesn’t really mean anything to them. However, for the Little Sisters of the Poor and countless thousands of other religious charities who serve our communities, this is about their most deep-rooted convictions. This is literally life and death to them. To force these organizations to fund abortions is as un-American as it gets. This isn’t some dictatorship. This is America. Religious conviction is supposed to mean something. These are the same religious convictions that compel charities to feed to hungry, clothe the poor, and comfort the sick. The very best thing we could do for our communities is to let religious people live out their faith with the full protection of the law. We can’t let the left turn conviction into a dirty word.