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Nuns' Supreme Court victory for freedom of religion a qualified one

Guest Commentary

By John A. Sparks

The 181-year-old religious order, the Little Sisters of the Poor – unlikely litigants before the high court – finally got a victory.

For over six years this charitable order has had to defend itself against the federal government under the Obama administration and, more recently, against dogged state administrations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Now, the court has awarded the nuns a victory.

Why have there been years of litigation on this matter?

Simply put, governments (state and federal) have insisted that the sisters must provide contraceptives – including ab...

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