Geneva College v. Burwell

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Monday, July 11, 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 >>


US Supreme Court sends nonprofit abortion-pill mandate cases back to lower courts

Monday, May 16, 2016

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel David Cortman regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to send the consolidated abortion-pill mandate cases, including the ADF cases Southern Nazarene University v. Burwell and Geneva College v. Burwell, back to the lower appeals courts for reconsideration:

“Religious organizations have the freedom to peacefully operate according to their beliefs without fear of severe penalties by the government. The Supreme Court was right to protect the Christian colleges and other groups from having to pay fines or fill out forms authorizing the objectionable coverage. The government has many other ways to ensure women are able to obtain these drugs without forcing people of faith to participate in acts that violate their deepest convictions. We look forward to addressing the remaining details as we advance these cases in the lower courts.”

ADF Senior Counsel Gregory S. Baylor will participate in a live chat about the Supreme Court’s order on Facebook at 2 p.m. EDT. Media may submit questions in advance to or tweet them to @Kerri_Kupec.

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.
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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Previous news releases:

  • 2016-04-12: Non-profits to High Court: Yes, coverage without violating religious liberty is possible
  • 2016-03-29: US Supreme Court asks for additional briefs in non-profit abortion-pill mandate cases
  • 2016-03-23: US Supreme Court completes oral arguments in non-profit abortion-pill mandate cases
  • 2016-02-22: Christian colleges to Supreme Court Wednesday: Govt can’t mandate abortion pill coverage
  • 2016-01-13: Diverse coalition affirms freedom for non-profit religious groups, opposes harsh govt mandates
  • 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

  • Elsa Spear: The Zubik case is not about birth control (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 2016-06-11)
  • David Cortman & Greg Baylor: Decision looms in pivotal religious liberty cases at Supreme Court (Washington Examiner, 2016-05-09)
  • Kevin Theriot: What the contraceptive mandate has to do with iPhones and soldiers (The Federalist, 2016-03-22)
  • Kerri Kupec: The Supreme Court sleeper case that everyone should be watching (Washington Examiner, 2015-09-30)
  • Kevin Theriot: The Geneva College case: “Edelweiss” and rights of conscience today (Constituting America, 2015-04-21)

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