U.S. Supreme Court Hears Case Against Abortion Pill Mandate
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s abortion pill mandate filed by Conestoga Wood Specialties, a Pennsylvania family-owned custom cabinet business. Alliance Defending Freedom is representing the owners, who are Mennonite, in their lawsuit, which asks the court to declare the mandate illegal and unconstitutional.
The mandate forces employers, regardless of their religious or moral convictions, to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception—or face heavy financial penalties. Alliance Defending Freedom is representing similar lawsuits from nearly 20 other Christian groups and businesses.
Eighteen states and other parties filed friend-of-the-court briefs asking the Supreme Court to hear the Conestoga case. The court also agreed to review a near-identical lawsuit filed by Hobby Lobby Stores, another family-owned business, which is being represented by Alliance Defending Freedom ally, The Becket Fund.
The high court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in both cases in late March.