The Supreme Court just handed down one of the best rulings in recent years – and Justice Clarence Thomas wrote the decision.
The left, predictably, is outraged.
The decision affirmed the right of religious organizations to opt out of paying for contraception under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. The organization that brought the case, Little Sisters of the Poor, object to contraception as a matter of their traditional Catholic faith, and argued that they shouldn’t have to pay for something they oppose on religious grounds.
Justice Thomas, writing for the majority, stated:
“For over 150 years, the Little Sisters have engaged in faithful service and sacrifice, motivated by a religious calling to surrender all for the sake of their brother,” Thomas wrote. “But for the past seven years, they — like many other religious objectors who have participated in the litigation and rulemakings leading up to today’s decision — have had to fight for the ability to continue in their noble work without violating their sincerely held religious beliefs.”
Leftist Twitter, never a friend to religious liberty, went crazy. This take from the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, was typical:
BREAKING: #SCOTUS upholds Trump-Pence rule, dismantling no-cost birth control coverage. TL;DR once again, this is about control — they are seeking to control ALL aspects of our lives. From birth control coverage to abortion access to LGBTQ+ rights, all freedoms are at risk. /1
— ilyseh (@ilyseh) July 8, 2020
The White House, on the other hand, issued a statement praising the decision, noting:
Today’s Supreme Court ruling is a big win for religious freedom and freedom of conscience. Almost a decade ago, the Obama administration attempted to force employers, including religious nonprofits like the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of nuns, to provide contraceptive coverage to their employees, in violation of their religious beliefs. Twice before in this ongoing saga, the Supreme Court has blocked these overly rigid and misguided efforts and sided with religious freedom. Today, it has once again vindicated the conscience rights of people of faith.