A late-1970s cartoon by the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Jim Borgman — this was when the Enquirer was a real newspaper and not something which looks like it was thrown together at Staples Copy Center, and came out a few years after coaching legend Paul Brown retired to the front office — featured a hapless coach of the Cincinnati Bengals football team (I think it was Homer Rice) explaining how hard his team fought in a failed effort to defeat … the Little Sisters of the Poor.
In real life, via Joel Gehrke at the Washington Examiner, it would appear that the sisters have a fair chance of whipping the Obama administration, HHS, and Obamacare:
Little Sisters of the Poor sue over Obamacare fines, contraception requirement
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius finalized a contraception mandate that ignores the fact groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor are religious organizations, according to a lawsuit filed to protect them against fines for refusing to comply with an Obamacare mandate.
“We cannot violate our vows by participating in the government’s program to provide access to abortion-inducing drugs,” Sister Loraine Marie said of a class-action lawsuit filed against the mandate on behalf of multiple religious organizations that provide health benefits.
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represents the plaintiffs, filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.
The choice of jurisdiction is critical: The Colorado district court falls under the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, and thus is governed by that court’s precedent in most cases.
A 10th Circuit panel ruled earlier this year that the owners of Hobby Lobby did not have to comply with the HHS mandate (that lawsuit was also filed by the Becket Fund). President Obama’s attorneys have asked the Supreme Court to overturn the 10th Circuit’s ruling.
Hit ‘em again, hit ‘em again, harder, sisters.