NEW HAVEN, Conn., April 18, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – With the U.S. Supreme Court now reviewing the arguments on both sides, a new Marist Poll conducted for the Knights of Columbus finds a majority of Americans think that the government is being unfair in its treatment of the Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious employers.
By a more than 20-point margin (53 to 32 percent) a majority of Americans say that the process demanded by the government’s “accommodation” is “unfair.” Unlike many other religious organizations or those organizations whose health plans are “grandfathered” and are “exempt” from providing contraception and abortion-inducing drugs, the Little Sisters and many other religious employers are required by the government to sign a form directing their contractors to deliver such coverage through these religious employers’ own health plan.
After hearing the case on March 23, the Supreme Court – in a highly unusual move – requested additional filings from the attorneys for both the government and the religious employers, including the Little Sisters of the Poor. The initial round of filings was made on April 12. A second filing will be made on April 20.