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Christian Brothers Services (CBS) and the Christian Brothers Employee Benefit Trust (CBEBT) were represented as the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Zubik v. Burwell, the consolidated cases which include Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged v. Burwell. The case will decide whether the United States Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate and its accommodation violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act by forcing religious nonprofits to act in violation of their sincerely held religious beliefs.
CBS and CBEBT entered into litigation on behalf of their members who opposed the Affordable Care Act mandate on preventative benefits, which included the employer making available a wide range of contraceptives to their beneficiaries at no cost. Little Sisters of the Poor is a member of the CBEBT.
Brother Michael Quirk, FSC, CBS president/CEO, Gregory Wolfe, CBEBT chairperson, and Larry Hansen, attorney at Locke Lord and CBEBT attorney, attended the oral arguments March 23.
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