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Text of Response Brief of U.S. Solicitor General Objecting to Contraceptive Mandate Injunction Granted to Little Sisters of the Poor (PDF)
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Jan. 3, 2014
"[T]he employer-applicants here are eligible for religious accommodations set out in the regulations that exempt them from any requirement 'to contract, arrange, pay, or refer for contraceptive coverage.' ... They need only self-certify that they are non-profit organizations that hold themselves out as religious and have religious objections to providing coverage for contraceptive services, and then provide a copy of their self-certification to the third-party administrator of their self-insured group health plan.... At that point, the employer-applicants will have satisfied all their obligations under the contraceptive coverage provision. Thus, as this case comes to the Court, it is not about the availability or adequacy of a religious accommodation, but rather about whether a religious objector can invoke RFRA to justify its refusal to sign a self-certification that secures the very religion-based exemption the objector seeks."

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