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8th Circuit suspends abortion pill mandate against MN family-run business

Friday, Feb 1, 2013
The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowman regarding the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit’s preliminary injunction Friday that blocks enforcement of the Obama administration’s abortion pill mandate against a Minnesota family-run business in Annex Medical v. Sebelius:

“Americans have the God-given freedom to live and do business according to their faith. Honoring God is not just important within the four walls of a church; it is important every day, in all areas of life, including in our work. Freedom is not the government’s to give and take away when it pleases. The court did the right thing in issuing its order, and we are confident that this unconstitutional mandate’s days are numbered.”

Alliance Defending Freedom allied attorneys with ActRight Legal Foundation are litigating the case together with lead counsel Erick G. Kaardal of Mohrman & Kaardal, P.A.

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

Complaint: Annex Medical v. Sebelius
Preliminary injunction order: Annex Medical v. Sebelius

Related Resources

Campaign page: ADF challenges Obamacare mandate at the Supreme Court

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Resource page: ADF lawsuits challenging the abortion-pill mandate

ABOUT Matt Bowman

Matt Bowman serves as senior counsel and director of regulatory practice for Alliance Defending Freedom, where he leads the team focusing on the impact of administrative law on religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and family. From 2017 to 2020, Bowman was a senior executive service appointee in the Trump administration, serving the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as Deputy General Counsel, and then in the Office for Civil Rights. Prior to joining HHS, Bowman was an accomplished litigator at ADF for over ten years. Before joining ADF in 2006, Bowman served as a law clerk for Judges Samuel A. Alito, Jr., and Michael A. Chagares, at the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and for Judge John M. Roll at the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. Bowman earned his J.D. summa cum laude and was first in his class at Ave Maria School of Law in 2003. He is a member of the bar of the District of Columbia and Michigan and is admitted to practice at the U.S. Supreme Court and multiple federal appellate and district courts.