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Published On: Mon, Mar 28th, 2016

Obamacare: Christian colleges still fighting against abortion pill mandate

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys and representatives of ADF clients will participate in a press conference Wednesday following oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court in several consolidated cases concerning the Obama administration’s abortion-pill mandate as applied to religious non-profit organizations.

ADF attorneys represent four Oklahoma Christian universities in Southern Nazarene University v. Burwell and one Pennsylvania Christian college in Geneva College v. Burwell. Students from two of the universities will also participate in the “Women Speak for Themselves” rally, which will take place outside the Supreme Court building as oral arguments begin.

scandal-abortion-scene-kerry washington“Religious organizations have a legally and constitutionally protected freedom to peacefully operate according to their beliefs without fear of severe punishment by the government,” said ADF Senior Counsel Gregory S. Baylor. “These schools simply want to continue to operate according to the faith on which they were founded and the faith that still inspires them to serve their communities and the world today.” (#LetThemServe)

“Nuns, priests, and Christian schools shouldn’t be forced to go to the Supreme Court to plead for freedoms that every American is promised,” added ADF Legal Communications Director Kerri Kupec. “The government should be allowing these organizations to focus on serving the poor, the elderly, and the next generation. The freedoms guaranteed under federal law and the First Amendment are civil rights, not special gifts that the government can give or withhold when it chooses.”

A broad array of parties—including more than 200 members of Congress and 20 states—filed briefs in January with the Supreme Court in support of the colleges and other nonprofits who oppose the mandate and its religious non-profit compliance mechanism. The mandate forces employers, regardless of their religious or moral convictions, to provide abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception through their health plans under threat of heavy penalties.

Geneva College in Pennsylvania and the four universities in Oklahoma—Southern Nazarene University, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Oklahoma Baptist University, and Mid-America Christian University—specifically object to providing abortifacients. ADF attorneys and allied attorneys are also litigating numerous other lawsuits against the mandate.

Participants in the "March for life" walk along Concord Avenue in Knoxville, Tennessee, photo Michael Stansberry via wikimedia commons

Participants in the “March for life” walk along Concord Avenue in Knoxville, Tennessee, photo Michael Stansberry via wikimedia commons

 

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