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Norton v. Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood

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Description:  Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing the former executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment filed suit in state court over the state’s alleged misuse of more than $14 million in taxpayer dollars. The lawsuit contends that the funding Colorado has provided to Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood violates a voter-approved state constitutional provision that prohibits direct or indirect public taxpayer subsidies for abortion.


Thursday, Jan 14, 2016
The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Michael J. Norton regarding the Colorado Court of Appeals decision Thursday in Norton v. Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood:

“American taxpayer money should go to fund local community health centers, not to subsidize a scandal-ridden, billion-dollar abortion business like Planned Parenthood. This couldn’t be more true for Coloradans, who adopted a state constitutional provision that expressly prohibits the direct or indirect funding of abortions. The lower court should not have dismissed this case on a technicality because even it agreed that $14 million of taxpayer funds flowed from state government agencies to Planned Parenthood and thus, presumptively, in violation of the voter-approved amendment. We had hoped the Court of Appeals would have recognized that, but since it did not, we are discussing the possibility of appeal.”

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Reply brief at Colorado Supreme Court: Norton v. Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood
Answer brief at Colorado Supreme Court: Norton v. Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood
Opening brief at Colorado Supreme Court: Norton v. Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood
Friend-of-the-court brief from Faith and Freedom Foundation and others: Norton v. Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood
Friend-of-the-court brief from Colorado Family Action and others: Norton v. Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood
Colorado Supreme Court order granting review: Norton v. Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood
Colorado Court of Appeals opinion: Norton v. Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood
Reply brief on appeal: Norton v. Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood
Opening appellate brief: Norton v. Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood
Notice of appeal: Norton v. Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood
Dismissal order: Norton v. Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood
Complaint: Norton v. Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood

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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.