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KFUO Interview with Alliance Defending Freedom’s Baylor

February 17, 2016 | 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

As part of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Free to be Faithful education and awareness initiative, Gregory S. Baylor, Esq., senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, and Worldwide KFUO radio host Kip Allen will discuss pending Supreme Court legal cases on Worldwide KFUO.org at 2:30 p.m. Central time on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

Should the government force religious non-profit organizations to subsidize abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraception in their employee and student health insurance plans, in violation of the foundational religious convictions of their institutions, under threat of punitive fines?

As director of ADF’s Religious Schools Team, Baylor litigates cases to protect the rights of Christian educational institutions across the nation.

Several Christian universities have filed suit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandate that forces employers, regardless of their religious or moral convictions, to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraception under threat of heavy penalties.

These cases have been consolidated with other similar filings, including The Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged v. Burwell. Oral argument of these cases is scheduled with the court for March 23, 2016. ADF is representing two of the cases: Geneva College v. Burwell and Southern Nazarene University v. Burwell.

The LCMS joined in an amicus brief in support of the challenge to the HHS’s contraceptive mandate.

ADF attorneys and allied attorneys previously represented Conestoga Wood Specialties and its owners in their victory against the abortion-pill mandate at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2014.

While that case addressed the mandate as it applies to for-profit family-run businesses, the cases involving Christian universities pertain to the mandate as applied to religious non-profit organizations.

Although the Obama administration argues that submitting a so-called “accommodation” form insulates religious organizations from providing abortifacients, ADF attorneys contend that is not the case, because the form still directly involves the Christian colleges in providing abortifacients in multiple ways.

Learn more about what’s at stake Feb. 17.

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February 17, 2016
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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