Lawyer: Nuns' case 'exceptionally important'

A lawyer for an order of nuns seeking an exemption from a contraception provision in ObamaCare on Sunday said the Supreme Court’s ruling on the case would be “exceptionally important.”

Mark Rienzi of the Becket Fund for Liberty, one of the groups representing Little Sisters of the Poor, said on “Fox News Sunday” that the nuns would face massive fines if the Supreme Court lifted a temporary injunction that keeps the federal government from enforcing the mandate.

Rienzi also noted that potential government action against the nuns could undercut the Affordable Care Act’s stated goal of enhancing insurance coverage for people in the U.S. “Forcing the Little Sisters to pay massive fines or shut down their ministries hurts that goal,” Rienzi said.

The federal government has asked the Supreme Court to not give the Little Sisters and other Catholic groups an exemption from the contraception mandate. Justice Sonia Sotomayor gave a temporary injunction shortly just before the end of 2013.

Ilyse Hogue, the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said Supreme Court action would show how well the government could balance the needs for religious liberty.

“That’s my ability not to have my rights infringed, and my ability not to impose my religion on anyone else,” Hogue said.