Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Description:  The Hahns, founders and owners of Conestoga Wood Specialties, are a Mennonite Christian family. They desire to run the family business, a manufacturer of custom wood kitchen cabinet parts, in a manner that reflects their sincerely held religious beliefs, including their belief that God requires respect for all human life. Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys and allied attorneys represent the Hahns and their company in the federal lawsuit challenging the Obama administration abortion-pill mandate. The mandate forces employers, regardless of religious or moral convictions, to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception under threat of heavy penalties by the IRS.

Obama admin. agrees to pay $570K to Conestoga Wood Specialties’ attorneys

Friday, January 23, 2015

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowman regarding a settlement in federal court Friday that requires the Obama administration to pay an agreed-upon amount of $570,000 to ADF and allied attorneys who won a lawsuit at the U.S. Supreme Court against the abortion-pill mandate in Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell:

“The government does a serious disservice to taxpayers when it pursues unjust laws that force many of them to defend their constitutionally protected freedoms. While this case is finally over, many others remain. We hope the administration will stop defending its indefensible abortion-pill mandate and end its waste of taxpayer dollars on a fruitless quest to force people to give up their freedom to live and work according to their beliefs.”
  • Pronunciation guide: Bowman (BOH’-min)

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Previous news releases:

  • 2014-10-06: Pa. family receives permanent order against abortion-pill mandate after Supreme Court win
  • 2014-08-15: La. decision brings ADF victories against abortion-pill mandate to 20 wins, 0 losses
  • 2014-06-30: US Supreme Court rules against Obama administration’s abortion pill mandate
  • 2014-06-30: US Supreme Court rules against Obama admin.’s abortion pill mandate
  • 2014-03-21: ADF: Government has no mandate to meddle in a family’s business
  • 2014-03-12: ADF: Forcing families to pay for other people’s abortion pills isn’t freedom
  • 2014-02-11: ADF: A family's business is not the government's business
  • 2014-01-29: Diverse coalition opposes abortion pill mandate at US Supreme Court
  • 2014-01-10: ADF to Supreme Court: Gov’t shouldn’t force Americans to choose between making a living and living free
  • 2013-11-26: Supreme Court accepts Pa. Mennonite cabinetmakers’ challenge to abortion pill mandate
  • 2013-11-04: Pa. Mennonite cabinetmakers answer Obama admin. in brief at Supreme Court
  • 2013-10-24: 18 states encourage Supreme Court to hear Pa. abortion pill mandate case
  • 2013-09-19: Pa. woodworkers ask Supreme Court to shelve abortion pill mandate
  • 2013-08-14: Pa. abortion pill mandate case to be appealed to US Supreme Court
  • 2013-07-31: Family business asks full 3rd Circuit to protect religious freedom from Obama mandate

  • Matt Bowman: Hobby Lobby ruling applies to more than just abortifacients (National Review, 2014-07-01)
  • Matt Bowman: Conestoga and Hobby Lobby—the aftermath begins (National Review, 2014-07-01)
  • David Cortman: A victory for integrity, not just Hobby Lobby (USA Today, 2014-06-30)
  • Matt Bowman: You will join the freedom of religion witch hunt...or else (Washington Examiner, 2014-06-02)
  • Joseph La Rue: Conestoga, Hobby Lobby, and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act explained (Jurist, 2014-04-24)
  • Matt Bowman: How the coercion coalition is imposing the new “freedom” in America (Washington Examiner, 2014-03-27)
  • David Cortman: Abortion pill mandate, Hobby Lobby and why the Supreme Court should honor faith (Washington Times, 2014-03-25)
  • Matt Bowman: Religion is your business (National Review, 2014-03-21)
  • Matt Bowman: If a company can be African American, can’t it be religious? (Public Discourse, 2014-03-21)
  • Matt Bowman: Arms control and those Obamacare contraception mandates (Washington Examiner, 2014-02-12)
  • Kerri Kupec: Obama’s selective entrepreneurial praise (, 2014-02-03)
  • Matt Bowman: Defending religious freedom from Obamacare (Washington Times, 2013-12-01)
  • Matt Bowman: With Obamacare, business doesn’t have a prayer (Washington Times, 2013-09-05)
  • Matt Bowman: Free to “exercise” religion, too (Philadelphia Inquirer, 2013-08-16)

Other resources:

  • Video: Rep. Joseph R. Pitts (R-Pa.) on Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius and the abortion pill mandate (2014-03-24) (4:20)

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