Geneva College v. Burwell

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Tuesday, April 12, 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 >>

 

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
  • 2016-01-05: 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

Commentary:
  • 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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