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Supreme Court of the United States

Louisiana College v. Burwell

Last Updated: 5/29/2020

Overview

What's at stake

  • The freedom to integrate Christian commitment into all aspects of a Christian community
  • The freedom for religious educational institutions to provide health insurance for their employees and students according to their beliefs
  • The freedom from the threat of crippling fines for resisting illegal government mandates

Summary

Louisiana College is a private, Christ-centered college and seminary located in Pineville, Louisiana. Louisiana College was founded in 1906 to provide liberal arts, professional, and graduate programs characterized by a dedication to academic excellence and the glory of God.  The college holds strongly to the traditional Christian teachings on the sanctity of life—from the time of conception to natural death. In spite of the school’s deeply held religious beliefs, the government is applying tremendous pressure on Louisiana College to compromise its beliefs on the sanctity of human life. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a mandate saying that most employers, even a Christian institution like this school, must offer insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drug and procedures. The mandate forces Louisiana and Biola to choose between paying heavy fines and penalties or providing the objectionable items through its insurance plan. Represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, the school filed a lawsuit challenging the abortion pill mandate.

The College has been protected by an injunction obtained by the provider of its health insurance plan.

Our role in this case

Alliance Defending Freedom represents Louisiana College.  We are defending the college’s freedom to operate according to its deeply held religious beliefs.

Resources

Legal Documents

Court
Title
Date
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Biographies

David A. Cortman

Senior Counsel, Vice President of U.S. Litigation

David A. Cortman serves as senior counsel and vice president of U.S. litigation with Alliance Defending Freedom.

Kevin Theriot

Senior Counsel

Kevin Theriot serves as senior counsel and vice president of the Center for Life with Alliance Defending Freedom


Additional Resources

 

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