Southern Nazarene University v. Burwell

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Monday, May 16, 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 >>


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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Monday, May 16, 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
  • 2016-01-12: 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

  • 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)
  • 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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