CAMPAIGNADF Challenges Obamacare Mandate at the Supreme Court

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has been at the forefront of defending the freedom of conscience of employers from the Obama administration’s abortion-pill mandate. Once again ADF is at the Supreme Court, this time representing five Christian universities, whose cases were consolidated with other similar cases, in Zubik v. Burwell. These universities object to providing abortion-inducing drugs through their healthcare plans because they believe in the sanctity of human life.

Meet the Universities

Geneva College
Southern Nazarene University
Oklahoma Baptist University
Oklahoma Wesleyan University
Mid-America Christian University

Case Overview

No one should be forced, especially by the government, to violate their religious beliefs. But for years, the Obama administration has mandated employers do just that.

In 2012, the Obama administration required many employee and student health plans to cover “all FDA-approved contraceptives,” including some that can cause abortions. If a plan sponsor refused to comply, it would face crippling IRS fines.

A number of religious business owners challenged the mandate and prevailed at the U.S. Supreme Court in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell in 2014. The administration created an alternative method of complying with the mandate for non-profit religious organizations that objected to providing contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs and devices as part of their employee and student healthcare coverage. The administration claimed it was addressing religious organizations’ moral objections.

But it did not. The so-called “accommodation” still gives access to the objectionable drugs and devices through the employer’s insurers and third party administrators – the very thing these employers object to. And this alternate compliance mechanism requires the active participation of religious employers in the scheme to provide abortion pills.

Learn more about how Geneva College, Southern Nazarene University, and other Christian colleges are standing up for the unborn by standing against the abortion-pill mandate.

The big picture

Religious freedom isn’t just the freedom to worship in the church of your choice on Sundays.

It’s the freedom to live out your faith in every area of your life. When the conflict is between real freedoms named in the First Amendment and a fictional “right” to receive abortion pills paid for by someone else, freedom must win.

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