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Briscoe v. Burwell

Description:  Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys and allied attorneys filed a legal challenge to the Obama administration’s abortion pill mandate. The federal lawsuit was filed on behalf of the owner of several small businesses that run senior living centers and skilled nursing facilities in Colorado.

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015
The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Michael J. Norton regarding a federal court’s order Tuesday in Briscoe v. Burwell that permanently prohibits the Obama administration from enforcing its abortion-pill mandate against the owner of several small businesses that run senior living centers and skilled nursing facilities in Colorado. The government agreed to the order in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell and Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores:

“All Americans should oppose unjust laws that allow the government to force people to surrender their constitutionally protected freedom to live and work according to their deepest beliefs. While we are very pleased with the order issued in this case, many other similar cases continue throughout the country. In light of the Supreme Court’s ruling against the abortion-pill mandate in Conestoga and Hobby Lobby, and the clearly protected right of Americans to be free from this type of government coercion at home, in their family businesses, and in non-profit endeavors that benefit everyone, the Obama administration should give up its blind and indefensible efforts to punish people of faith and let freedom prevail.”

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.
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Legal Documents

Dismissal order: Briscoe v. Burwell
Preliminary injunction: Briscoe v. Sebelius
Complaint: Briscoe v. Sebelius

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ABOUT Michael J. Norton
Michael J. Norton is an Alliance Defending Freedom allied attorney with Thomas N. Scheffel & Associates, P.C. Previously, he serveed as senior counsel with ADF, where he played an integral role for the Center for Life. Norton has been practicing law since 1976 and is admitted to the bars of the states of Colorado and Virginia, as well as Washington, D.C. He is also admitted to federal courts in Colorado and pro hac vice to federal courts in, among other jurisdictions, Nebraska, the Southern District of Texas, the Eastern District of Texas, and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Before joining ADF in 2011, Norton was a top litigator with the Denver law firm Burns, Figa & Will, P.C. and built a reputation as a bar leader. He served as U.S. Attorney for Colorado from 1988 to 1993, appointed by President Ronald Reagan and reappointed by President George H.W. Bush. Norton earned his J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law in 1968.