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CUA Law professor Mark Rienzi and the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty continue to be in the news discussing the Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell, a case challenging the Department of Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate under the Affordable Care Act, which was presented before the SCOTUS on March 23, 2016. See below. 
 

Little Sisters at Supreme Court (Courtesy Becket Fund)

Obama administration, religious non-profits open to contraceptive mandate compromise

From: CNN
Date: April 13, 2016
By: Ariane de Vogue

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Mark Rienzi, senior counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, representing some of the groups, agrees with the government that the court's proposal isn't directed at self-insured plans.

In an interview, Rienzi said the groups would accept the court's order, "as long as it is really, truly separate."

"We've said all along that we are not objecting to people getting coverage," Rienzi said. " We are saying we just can't be part of it. There is no shortage of ways the government could let people know about the availability of contraceptive-only plans including on the exchanges, or at doctors offices or government notifications."
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Religious Groups, Obama Administration Respond to
Supreme Court Request for Contraception Compromise

From: MSN
Date: April 12, 2016
By: Louise Radnofsky and Brent Kendall

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Mark Rienzi, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represents the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of Roman Catholic nuns who operate nursing homes, said the challengers’ brief showed they had tried to do what the court had asked them. “At some point, the government has to learn how to take yes for an answer. The religious objection has always been only to those methods of distribution that forced the nonprofits and their plans to participate. The government should move on from this unnecessary fight, and go provide these services some other way that doesn’t use nuns,” he said.

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Obama rejects Supreme Court’s contraception trade-off

From: The Washington Times
Date: April 12, 2016
By Tom Howell Jr.
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Attorneys at The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is representing the Little Sisters, said the government could pay for the coverage as individual policies or as part of group plans if it wants.

“The government can get contraceptive coverage to petitioners’ employees — and can even do so through the same insurance companies with which some petitioners contract — without demanding, on pain of massive penalties, that petitioners take steps to comply with the contraceptive mandate,” the group’s attorneys wrote.
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Nuns offer contraceptive mandate compromise

From: WORLD mag
Date: April 13, 2016
By: Emily Belz
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“The caricature is, ‘Oh these religious people will never be satisfied,’” said Mark Rienzi, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty lead attorney representing Little Sisters of the Poor. “That is just a cartoon version of what the religious petitioners have claimed. The claim has always been, ‘I need to be separate from this.’ … It’s not a change in position at all.”
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Solution put forward to suit by Little Sisters of the Poor

From: Orange County Breeze
Date: April 13, 2016
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“These non-profits said “yes” to the Supreme Court, just as they have been saying “yes” to the federal government for many years.” said Mark Rienzi, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represents the Little Sisters of the Poor. “At some point, the government has to learn how to take yes for an answer. The religious objection has always been only to those methods of distribution that forced the non-profits and their plans to participate. The government should move on from this unnecessary fight, and go provide these services some other way that doesn’t use nuns.”
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Mark Rienzi  

Professor Mark L. Rienzi's
Areas of Expertise

Religious Liberty

Free Speech

Abortion

Fourteenth Amendment

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