WASHINGTON — The Alliance Defense Fund’s legal fight for religious freedom and freedom of conscience will continue because of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Thursday to leave ObamaCare intact, ADF attorneys say.
ADF is challenging the Obama administration’s abortion pill mandate in several lawsuits because it unconstitutionally requires faith-based employers to provide or pay for insurance coverage of abortion-inducing drugs and devices for their employees regardless of whether the employers object on moral or religious grounds.
“ObamaCare treats American citizens like subjects. This administration has used health care law to become a dictator of conscience,” said ADF Senior Counsel Steven H. Aden. “The court’s decision is alarming and deeply wrong. ObamaCare holds your health care hostage and offers no real choice. Either comply and abandon your religious freedom and conscience, or resist and be fined for your faith. All current ADF legal challenges to the Obama administration’s abortion pill mandate will proceed.”
ADF and allied legal organizations together filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case decided by the Supreme Court, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services v. State of Florida, on behalf of numerous pro-life medical groups. The brief argued that Americans should not be compelled to pay for other people’s elective abortions through taxpayer subsidization in the ObamaCare state exchange system. Because the exchange system has been allowed to stand, persons of conscience will be forced to pay for the destruction of innocent human life if nothing changes.
ADF has also challenged the abortion pill mandate in several lawsuits, all of which will continue to move forward:
- Louisiana College v. Sebelius (client: Southern Baptist college)
- Geneva College v. Sebelius (client: Presbyterian college)
- Newland v. Sebelius (client: private employer with Catholic leadership)
ADF is also co-counsel in Rhode Island Right to Life v. Chafee, a suit by a pro-life organization and 38 Rhode Island legislators challenging Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s unilateral creation of an ObamaCare health care exchange that includes taxpayer subsidies for abortion.
Justices Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, and Alito wrote a dissent saying they would have found “the Act invalid in its entirety.”
ADF is a legal alliance of Christian attorneys and like-minded organizations defending the right of people to freely live out their faith. Launched in 1994, ADF employs a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.