Skip to comments.Judge: Hobby Lobby must offer morning-after pill
Posted on 11/19/2012 9:00:22 PM PST by haffast
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A federal judge Monday rejected Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.'s request to block part of the federal health care overhaul that requires the arts and craft supply company to provide insurance coverage for the morning-after and week-after birth control pills.
In a 28-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton denied a request by Hobby Lobby to prevent the government from enforcing portions of the health care law mandating insurance coverage for contraceptives the company's Christian owners consider objectionable.
The Oklahoma City-based company and a sister company, Mardel Inc., sued the government in September, claiming the mandate violates the owners' religious beliefs. The owners contend the morning-after and week-after birth control pills are tantamount to abortion because they can prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in a woman's womb. They also object to providing coverage for certain kinds of intrauterine devices.
Hobby Lobby's attorney said the companies' owners will appeal.
Hobby Lobby is the largest business to file a lawsuit against the mandate.
Hobby Lobby calls itself a "biblically founded business" and is closed on Sundays. Founded in 1972, the company now operates more than 500 stores in 41 states and employs more than 13,000 full-time employees who are eligible for health insurance coverage. The company, which is self-insured, has said it will face a daily $1.3 million fine beginning Jan. 1 if it ignores the law.
"It is by God's grace and provision that Hobby Lobby has endured," said David Green, founder and CEO. "Therefore we seek to honor God by operating the company in a manner consistent with biblical principles."
The Green family has said it has no moral objection to the use of other contraceptives and will continue covering them for its employees.
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Been there, heard it, don’t want it. Thanks anyway.
How does a second wave of flames in your pants feel?
(liar, liar, pants on fire)
And we’ve been there, heard about your karma, don’t want it. Thanks anyway.
I’m sure you think you’re making sense. You don’t.
Of course, I’m bucking what you regard as fundamental truth, but I refute as nonsense.
Unlike you I wasn’t pushing my beliefs on anyone.
Until you did, beginning to judge us through said beliefs.
Who cares what you think about it?
Why should Christians care about what you think about it?
Utter delusional horse crap. I was taken to task for a simple comment. Not the other way around at all.
You will find no post of mine that even hints at such a thought.
Really feel bad for the Hobby Lobby company. They are a great store. This is beyond disgraceful to have the Obama government positioning their power into a business while violating individuals religious freedoms. This unlawfulness will not continue much longer by those just turning away. This is a dictator rule, no doubt. Everywhere I go, I often overhear people saying the same. And, now we have state’s governors, state attorney generals debating whether or not to oppose the new mandates for the health care law. Maybe wise to just refuse to implement/set up your own in your state, governors. Been praying Gov. Scott would hold firm. Now, I hear some republicans in the Florida state legislature are rethinking their positions as well. When things collapse, the dems are finished forever.
It sure would be nice if Alaska became an independent state and all these christian business that mostly sell on the internet moved there. A refugee state in effect against Obamcare.
Obama is in office, so expect to see more of this stuff in the coming four years. Religious freedom is ok as long as it doesn’t interfere with the state religion - The Church of Liberalism.
You left one out. The Muslims are exempt.
Less destructive than paying the fine.
“If you ever pay the Danegeld then you’ll never be rid of the Dane!”
appeal. oklahoma taxpayers also need to see if they can get rid of the judge through legal means. hobby lobby can refuse to allow the inurance company to have the provision paid for.
america is still a great nation it just has to get back to the basics of judeo-christian values.
that was the full intent muslims are exempt as Sharia Law is to be installed.
Oddly enough the Amish are exempt too. The Amish do not believe in medical insurance the people of the district help pay the medical bills. Oddly enough also lay people deal with the simples medical aspects and only whenm it is beyond the expertise of the lay people is a referral made to a physician nurse practitioner.
What state is making that the christians whom share in Medi-Share can no longer participate because it is not insurance.
I don’t understand why Hobby Lobby and all other businesses don’t appeal the “tax” because, as Thomas Sowell pointed out, it violates Equal Protection. Obama is free to exempt whatever businesses he chooses from complying (think his supporters) and that would create an unfair business advantage. Seems very straightforward.