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Published On: Tue, Jul 8th, 2014

NOW includes Little Sisters of the Poor with ‘Dirty 100’ attack

The National Organization of Women (NOW) has compiled a list of what they’re calling the “Dirty 100” which are the organizations who have filed suit against the HHS Contraception Mandate. One of the “Dirty 100” organizations that NOW claims is simply “using religion” to discriminate against women, is, in fact, a group of Catholic religious sisters called the Little Sisters of the Poor.

The Little Sisters of the Poor take vows to tend to the needs of the elderly poor. They are opposed to providing contraception to their employees as contraception violates the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The Little Sisters of the Poor are not considered to be a “religious employer” and exempt from the mandate as they employ and care for people of all faith backgrounds.

NOW’s website also attacks Catholicism for the Church’s stance against contraception:

There is still an opportunity for Catholic Church leaders to reverse their mistaken and even cruel position on contraception, joining the modern world and perhaps regaining respect from the laity and the rest of the world.

Cruel? “Join the modern world” because they don’t want to pay for birth control, particularly the morning after products – these are the things critics are asking.

The Dirty 100 campaign has included a demonstration which took place outside theSupreme Court on March 25, and a petition on NOW’s website, inviting supporters to “refuse to support businesses, nonprofits, and religious entities that have decided that their personal beliefs are more important than the rights of their employees.” NOW and its national leadership also promotes the campaign on Twitter, using the hashtag #Dirty100.

NOW’s position on contraception coverage is more expansive than the mandate imposed by the Affordable Care Act, which initially created a narrowly tailored exemption for religious organizations. The exemption was expanded by the Supreme Court in last week’s Hobby Lobby decision.

Follow the whole Hobby Lobby timeline/stories HERE

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