10th Circuit rules Christian universities must violate their own beliefs


Tuesday, July 14, 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 10th Circuit decision Tuesday to overturn a district court’s order in Southern Nazarene University v. Burwell that had temporarily stopped enforcement of the Obama administration’s abortion-pill mandate against four Christian universities in Oklahoma – Southern Nazarene University, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Oklahoma Baptist University, and Mid-America Christian University:

“The government should not force religious organizations to be involved in providing abortion pills to their employees or students. All Americans should oppose unjust laws that force people – under threat of punishment – to give up their fundamental freedoms in order to provide health plans the government prefers. It’s no different for these Christian colleges, which simply want to abide by the very faith they espouse and teach. The court is wrong to punish people of faith for making decisions consistent with that faith. We will consult with our clients to consider our options for appeal.”

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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