Nuns challenging ObamaCare to attend State of the Union

Nuns challenging ObamaCare to attend State of the Union
© Greg Nash

The group of nuns who have mounted a high-profile legal challenge against ObamaCare will attend the State of the Union as guests of Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHillicon Valley: Mnuchin urges antitrust review of tech | Progressives want to break up Facebook | Classified election security briefing set for Tuesday | Tech CEOs face pressure to appear before Congress Feehery: An opening to repair our broken immigration system GOP chairman in talks with 'big pharma' on moving drug pricing bill MORE (R-Wis.), his office announced Monday.

Two leaders of Little Sisters of the Poor, whose lawsuit against the healthcare law will reach the Supreme Court this spring, will attend the speech at the Capitol.

The nuns have argued that ObamaCare is forcing their health insurance plan to cover birth control prescriptions that violate their beliefs. If they refuse, they say they would face fines of $70 million.

The Supreme Court announced last year that it would take up the case, and the justices — who can attend the State of the Union if they choose — are expected to hear the case in March.

Ryan, along with more than 200 Republican members of Congress, have filed friend-of-the-court briefs in support of the nuns.

The nuns also received a visit from Pope Francis during his September visit to D.C. last year.

A ruling in favor of the nuns could deliver a second major blow to the healthcare law’s contentious provision in two years. It will be the fourth time that ObamaCare is before the Supreme Court.

The birth control coverage requirement has drawn intense legal scrutiny, from both religious charities and colleges such as Notre Dame and Wheaton.