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Alliance Defending Freedom lawsuits challenging the abortion-pill mandate

The abortion-pill mandate implemented by the Obama administration 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 by the Internal Revenue Service and other federal agencies if the mandate’s requirements aren’t met.

Scorecard: Abortion-pill mandate losing 83-3 in court

Breakdown scores (wins against mandate - wins in favor of mandate):

  • For-profit score: 46-1
  • Religious non-profit score: 36-1
  • Non-religious non-profit score: 1-1
  • ADF score: 23-1

General news releases:

  • 2017-05-31: New HHS rule to expand religious protections in Obamacare abortion-pill mandate
  • 2015-09-15: ADF scorecard shows ongoing downward spiral of Obama abortion-pill mandate
  • 2014-10-27: HHS mandate ‘accommodation’ for non-profits still inadequate
  • 2014-08-22: ADF comment on HHS mandate ‘accommodation’
  • 2014-01-02: 2013 a bad year for Obamacare abortion-pill mandate
  • 2013-06-28: Final rule on abortion-pill mandate ends nothing


  • Newland v. Burwell: The Newland family runs Hercules Industries, an HVAC manufacturer.
  • Briscoe v. Burwell: Stephen Briscoe owns several separate companies that operate senior independent living residences, assisted living centers, and skilled nursing facilities along with related businesses that manage such facilities.
  • Armstrong v. Burwell: Former U.S. Sen. Bill Armstrong is one of the co-owners of Cherry Creek Mortgage Co., a family-run home loan provider.
  • Fellowship of Catholic University Students v. Sebelius: Fellowship of Catholic University Students is a non-profit Catholic organization serving students at colleges and universities.
  • Dobson v. Azar: Dr. James Dobson is founder and president of the “Family Talk” radio show and ministry, a Christian non-profit organization.
  • Association of Christian Schools International v. Azar: Joining the Association of Christian Schools International in this lawsuit is Samaritan Ministries International, Taylor University, Indiana Wesleyan University, Asbury Theological Seminary, and Alliance Defending Freedom.

District of Columbia:

  • Tyndale House Publishers v. Burwell: Tyndale House Publishers is one of the world’s largest privately held Christian publishers of books, Bibles, and digital media.
  • March for Life v. Azar: March for Life is a non-profit pro-life organization that holds a peaceful, annual march to the U.S. Supreme Court and Capitol Hill to mark the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision until it is overturned.




  • Dordt College v. Azar: Dordt College in Iowa and Cornerstone University in Michigan are Christian colleges.




  • Annex Medical v. Burwell: Annex Medical and Sacred Heart Medical are family-run businesses that design, manufacture, and sell medical devices.



  • Southern Nazarene University v. Azar: Southern Nazarene University, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Oklahoma Baptist University, and Mid-America Christian University are evangelical Christian universities.