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Alliance Defending Freedom attorney available to media following hearing Friday

Related Case: Armstrong v. Burwell

Attorney sound bite:  Michael Norton

WHO: Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Michael J. Norton and the owners and leaders of Cherry Creek Mortgage Co.
WHAT: Available for media interviews following preliminary injunction hearing in Armstrong v. Sebelius
WHEN: Friday, May 10, immediately following hearing, which begins at 9 a.m. MDT
WHERE: U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, Alfred A. Arraj U.S. Courthouse, 901 19th St., Denver


DENVER — Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Michael J. Norton and former U.S. Sen. Bill Armstrong, together with other co-owners and leaders of Cherry Creek Mortgage Co., will be available for media interviews Friday immediately following a court hearing in which they will seek a preliminary injunction against the Obama administration’s abortion pill mandate.

The mandate forces employers, regardless of their religious or moral convictions, to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs and devices, sterilization, and contraception under threat of heavy penalties. Currently, the administration is losing in court nationwide with 19 out of 25 court rulings going against the mandate.

“All Americans, including job creators and providers, should be free to honor God and live according to their consciences whether they are standing within the four walls of their churches or their businesses,” said Senior Counsel Michael J. Norton, a former U.S. Attorney. “As many other courts have found, the abortion pill mandate is an excessive burden on the religious freedom guaranteed by the Constitution to all Americans. That’s why we are seeking to halt enforcement of the mandate against Cherry Creek just as it has been halted against other family-run businesses.”

The co-owners of Cherry Creek Mortgage Co., based in Greenwood Village, filed suit against the abortion pill mandate in March. The company is licensed to do business in 27 states and employs a total 730 employees. All of the owners are evangelical Christians who specifically object to being forced to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs and devices.

Natalie Decker, one of more than 2,200 allied attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom, is co-counsel in Armstrong v. Sebelius, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys and allied attorneys are litigating 10 other lawsuits against the mandate. The lawsuits represent a large cross-section of Protestants and Catholics who object to the 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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