Although the Obama administration slightly altered its religious
exemptions on the HHS birth-control mandate, Alliance Defending
Freedom has filed another lawsuit in the string of legal actions
against it. Thus far, most of the legal decisions handed down have
gone against the mandate.
ADF has filed the first
lawsuit following last week's
announcement of the rule modifications, this time on behalf of
a Christian in Colorado who runs senior living and skilled nursing
facilities in the state. Stephen Briscoe especially objects to
being required to provide free coverage of abortion-causing
Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Michael
Norton states: "All Americans have a God-given freedom to live and
do business according to their faith -- and the First Amendment has
always protected that."
Norton goes on to say that the lawsuit "puts a glaring light on
the fact that the Obama administration just doesn't understand what
religious freedom really is."
ADF-allied attorney Natalie Decker agrees. "Confining our faith
to our homes and our churches is not the job of Washington
politicians and bureaucrats," she remarks.
More than 40 lawsuits have been filed against the Health and
Human Services mandate. Eleven of the federal court decisions so
far have been in favor of Christians, and four against them, making
it likely the final decision will be made by the U.S. Supreme
One analyst says the recent ruling against President Obama's
recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board will be