Geneva College v. Burwell

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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 unconstitutional mandate that religious employers provide abortifacients (along with sterilization and contraception) at no cost to employees regardless of religious or moral objections.


ADF attorneys may appeal ruling forcing Christian college to provide access to abortion pills


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Gregory S. Baylor regarding the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit’s decision Wednesday in Geneva College v. Burwell that forces the Pennsylvania Christian college to provide access to abortion pills as required by the Obama administration’s abortion-pill mandate:

“All Americans should oppose unjust laws that force people – under threat of punishment – to give up their fundamental freedoms and act contrary to their beliefs. That’s why we are seriously considering appeal of the 3rd Circuit’s decision. Geneva College simply wants to abide by the Christian faith it espouses and teaches instead of being forced into an unacceptable inconsistency by the government. The administration has no business punishing people of faith for making decisions consistent with that faith.”

Baylor argued before the 3rd Circuit on behalf of Geneva College in November of last year. A federal district court had suspended enforcement of the mandate against Geneva College’s employee and student health plans. The administration appealed those decisions to the 3rd Circuit, which consolidated the case with two other similar cases.

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Previous news releases:

  • 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

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