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Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Description: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal lawsuit against the Obama administration on behalf of Geneva College and the Seneca Hardwood Lumber Co. The lawsuit challenges the administration’s mandate that religious employers provide abortifacients (along with sterilization and contraception) at no cost to employees regardless of religious or moral objections. Read more >>
Diverse coalition affirms freedom for non-profit religious groups, opposes harsh govt mandatesNumerous briefs filed with US Supreme Court in opposition to Obama administration’s abortion-pill mandate
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Attorney sound bite: David Cortman
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandate forces employers, regardless of their religious or moral convictions, to provide abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception through their health plans under threat of heavy penalties. Geneva College in Pennsylvania and the four universities in Oklahoma – Southern Nazarene University, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Oklahoma Baptist University, and Mid-America Christian University – specifically object to providing abortifacients.
“The administration continues to impose the same unacceptable choice: obey and abandon your freedom, or resist and be punished,” said ADF Senior Counsel David Cortman. “The Obama administration has offered no option to religious non-profits that allows them to act consistent with their faith. As the briefs filed today urge, the Supreme Court should rule in accord with its Hobby Lobby/Conestoga decision and ensure that people of faith are not punished for making choices consistent with that faith.”
“The administration is forcing the schools to choose between following their faith and following the government’s rule,” added ADF Senior Counsel Gregory S. Baylor. “That is utterly inconsistent with legal protections for religious liberty, just as the briefs filed today rightly argue.”
ADF attorneys and allied attorneys represented Conestoga Wood Specialties and its owners in their victory against the abortion-pill mandate at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2014. While that case addressed the mandate as it applies to for-profit family-run businesses, these cases pertain to the mandate as applied to non-profit organizations. Although the administration argues that executing and submitting a so-called “accommodation” form insulates religious nonprofits from providing abortifacients, ADF attorneys and the briefs filed today explain that is not the case because the form still directly involves the Christian colleges in providing abortifacients in multiple ways.
Among the parties submitting briefs in support of the Christian colleges and other non-profits are more than 200 members of Congress, 20 states, numerous legal experts and theologians, and a broad spectrum of religious groups and denominations.
ADF attorneys and allied attorneys are also litigating numerous other lawsuits against the mandate.
Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.
Friend-of-the-court briefs filed with U.S. Supreme Court
- 207 members of Congress
- 50 Catholic theologians and ethicists
- 20 states: Texas, Ohio, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin
- 13 law professors
- ACNA Jurisdiction of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy and Ave Maria University
- American Center for Law and Justice
- Association of American Physicians & Surgeons, American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians & Gynecologists, Christian Medical Association, Catholic Medical Association, Physicians for Life, National Association of Pro Life Nurses, National Association of Catholic Nurses-U.S.A., and The National Catholic Bioethics Center
- Breast Cancer Prevention Institute
- Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles; Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan; and School Sisters of Christ the King of Lincoln, Nebraska
- The Catholic Benefits Association and The Catholic Insurance Company
- Cato Institute and Independent Women’s Forum
- Christian and Missionary Alliance Foundation, Inc.
- Christian Legal Society, Association of Christian Schools International, and American Association of Christian Schools
- Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye, Inc.; International Society for Krishna Consciousness, Inc.; Islamic Center of Murfreesboro; and Pastor Robert Soto and other members of the Lipan Apache Tribe
- CNS International Ministries, Inc. and Heartland Christian College
- Concerned Women for America
- Constitutional law scholars
- Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist; Sisters of Life; and The Judicial Education Project
- Eagle Forum Education & Legal Defense Fund, Inc.
- Eternal Word Television Network
- Ethics and Public Policy Center
- Former Justice Department officials
- Foundation for Moral Law
- International Conference of Evangelical Chaplain Endorsers
- Justice and Freedom Fund
- The Knights of Columbus
- Liberty Counsel
- National Association of Evangelicals, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, The Assemblies of God, The Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration, and Colorado Christian University
- National Jewish Commission on Law and Public Affairs (“COLPA”)
- Michael J. New, Ph.D., associate scholar, Charlotte Lozier Institute
- Religious institutions
- Residents and families of residents at homes of The Little Sisters of the Poor
- The School of the Ozarks, Inc. D/B/A College of the Ozarks
- Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the International Mission Board, and Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
- Bart Stupak and the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence
- Thomas More Law Center
- United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance; World Vision, Inc.; Catholic Relief Services; Family Research Council; Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities; Thomas More Society; and The Cardinal Newman Society
- U.S. Justice Foundation, Eberle Communications Group, Public Advocate of the U.S., Citizens United, Citizens United Foundation, Conservative Legal Defense and Education Fund, Institute on the Constitution, Policy Analysis Center, Southwest Prophecy Ministries, Daniel Chapter One, and Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall
- Women Speak for Themselves
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Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Previous news releases:
- 2016-01-05: Christian colleges to Supreme Court: Govt can’t mandate abortion pill coverage
- 2015-11-06: Supreme Court agrees to tackle abortion-pill mandate’s sham ‘accommodation’
- 2015-03-31: ADF attorneys may appeal ruling forcing Christian college to provide access to abortion pills
- 2014-11-18: 3rd Circuit to hear Christian college’s case against abortion-pill mandate
- 2014-09-04: Obama admin. throws in the towel in multiple abortion-pill mandate appeals
- 2013-12-23: Abortion pill mandate suspended for Pa. college's employee health plan
- 2013-06-18: Abortion pill mandate suspended for Pa. college's student plan
- 2013-05-09: Court reinstates Christian college’s suit against abortion pill mandate
- 2013-04-19: Court blocks abortion pill mandate against Pa. family business
- 2013-03-07: Court says abortion pill mandate challenge in Pa. can proceed under First Amendment
- 2012-10-30: Obama lawyers to hack away at freedom of Pa. college, lumber co. Wednesday
- 2012-02-21: ADF, Geneva College challenge abortion-drug mandate
- 2012-02-20: ADF, Geneva College to reveal lawsuit against Obama mandate Tuesday
- Kevin Theriot: The Geneva College case: “Edelweiss” and rights of conscience today (Constituting America, 2015-04-21)
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