Friday, December 28, 2012

Defying Obamacare: Hobby Lobby Refuses To Pay For Abortion-inducing Drugs

The owners of Hobby Lobby, an Arts and Crafts chain store, and sister company Mardel, a Christian book store and church supply store, are Christians. All their stores nationwide are closed on Sunday, so they weren't too happy with some of the Obamacare provisions that would force them to provide insurance for the morning-after-pill, which they see as a form of abortion. So they requested an exemption, and lost. The judge deemed that since they aren't a religious organization, per se, they are not entitled to an exemption.

But that decision hasn't changed CEO and founder David Green's mind.

With a lawsuit pending, Hobby Lobby says it won't be providing workers with health plans that cover the morning-after pill—even though ObamaCare requires it. The decision could cost the company $1.3 million in daily fines, the AP notes. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor this week rejected the arts and crafts chain's request for an injunction against that part of the health law.

She says the store hasn't made an adequate case for an emergency exemption, but added that it and sister firm Mardel can still fight the measure in lower courts.

Though they refuse to "pay for abortion-inducing drugs", they will "continue to provide health insurance to all qualified employees."

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