On August 1st, the HHS mandate will go into effect for those religious organizations who don’t qualify as “religious” under the HHS rules, but were given a “safe harbor” for a year past the implementation date of August 1st, 2012 for for-profit companies.
Who will this effect? One organization is the Little Sisters of the Poor. This group of Catholic women religious sisters care for the elderly poor in the United States and around the world. They don’t qualify as “religious” under the HHS mandate, because they serve the elderly poor of all faiths, or no faith–and because they exist for reasons other than teaching the faith. They also employ people who aren’t Catholic. They don’t qualify for the HHS’s false “accommodation,” because of the way they organize and manage their homes. Each home is separate corporate entity with its own health plan for employees. On August 1st, the HHS will require the Little Sisters of the Poor–remember, these are nuns–to provide contraception, abortion drugs, and sterilization to their nuns and employees.
The Little Sisters of the Poor will not comply with the HHS mandate. It is quite possible that they will be forced to leave the United States. Other countries will allow them to care for the elderly poor without trampling on their religious freedom. The Obama administration will force these sisters to choose between violating the law, or violating their faiths, in order to provide contraceptives which are already ubiquitous.