Southern Nazarene University v. Burwell

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Description:  Four Christian universities in Oklahoma have filed suit against the Obama administration’s mandate that forces employers, regardless of their religious or moral convictions, to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception under threat of heavy penalties.  Read more >>


Non-profits to High Court: Yes, coverage without violating religious liberty is possible

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Gregory S. Baylor regarding the supplemental brief that the non-profit groups in the consolidated abortion-pill mandate cases, including the ADF cases Southern Nazarene University v. Burwell and Geneva College v. Burwell, filed with the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday at the court’s request:

“The Supreme Court asked if any way exists to offer contraceptive and abortifacient coverage without making Christian schools, nuns, and priests complicit in providing them. The answer we gave the court today is yes. There are many ways in which all women could receive cost-free contraceptive coverage that wouldn’t require involvement by religious non-profit groups. The government could offer separate avenues for contraception coverage that do not hijack the non-profits’ insurance plans. The Supreme Court should rule in favor of the non-profits in light of the numerous means the government has to achieve its objectives without violating anyone’s religious liberty.”

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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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Previous news releases:

  • 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
  • 2016-01-12: President of university challenging Obama mandate to be senator’s guest at State of the Union Address
  • 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’
  • 2015-10-15: Supreme Court soon to decide whether to tackle abortion-pill mandate’s sham ‘accommodation’
  • 2015-07-24: ADF to Supreme Court: Strike down abortion-pill mandate’s sham ‘accommodation’
  • 2015-07-14: 10th Circuit rules Christian universities must violate their own beliefs
  • 2014-12-05: 10th Circuit to hear Christian universities’ challenge to abortion-pill mandate
  • 2014-09-10: No ‘accommodation’: new abortion-pill mandate scheme still violates religious freedom
  • 2013-12-23: Abortion pill mandate stopped for four Okla. universities
  • 2013-09-20: Christian universities in Okla. challenge abortion pill mandate

  • Kevin Theriot: What the contraceptive mandate has to do with iPhones and soldiers (The Federalist, 2016-03-22)
  • Gregory S. Baylor: ACA mandate places costly burden on freedom (Oklahoman, 2015-11-13)
  • Kerri Kupec: The Supreme Court sleeper case that everyone should be watching (Washington Examiner, 2015-09-30)

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