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Court says abortion pill mandate challenge in Pa. can proceed under First Amendment

ADF official comment
Published On: 10/18/2017

Attorney sound bite:  Matt Bowman

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowman regarding a federal court’s decision Thursday on whether to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Geneva College and The Seneca Hardwood Lumber Co. against the Obama administration’s abortion pill mandate:


“All Americans, including job creators and providers, should be free to live according to their faith rather than be forced into violating their own consciences. Because of that, the court has issued a significant decision that allows this challenge to the abortion pill mandate to proceed not only on grounds that it violates federal statutes, but also on the grounds that it violates the First Amendment. The court has done the right thing in allowing Seneca Hardwood to proceed with its case on these grounds. Although the court decided that it’s too early for Geneva College to challenge the mandate, we respectfully disagree and are considering our options for appeal.”

  • Resource page: Geneva College and The Seneca Hardwood Lumber Co. v. Sebelius
  • Resource page: Alliance Defending Freedom lawsuits challenging the abortion pill mandate
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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