Hobby Lobby to defy health law’s order to cover morning-after pill

Craft chain is owned by a conservative Christian family.
Jan 1, 2013


After losing a last-minute appeal to the Supreme Court, craft chain Hobby Lobby will defy a federal health care mandate requiring employers to provide its workers with insurance that covers emergency contraceptives.

The Oklahoma City-based chain, which is owned by a conservative Christian family also with holdings in the religious bookseller Mardel Inc., had applied to the Supreme Court to block a part of the federal health care law ordering companies to offer insurance that covers contraceptive drugs including the morning-after pill.

After the court refused to block the mandate, a lawyer for Hobby Lobby said the Green family will defy the law and refuse to provide health coverage for contraception they considered to be “abortion-inducing.”

Hobby Lobby and Mardel could be fined as much as $1.3 million a day starting Tuesday.

“They’re not going to comply with the mandate,” Kyle Duncan, general counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represents the company, said in a statement. “They’re not going to offer coverage for abortion-inducing drugs in the insurance plan.”

At the time of their lawsuit, the Green family said certain types of contraception such as the morning-after pill and the week-after pill violated their religious beliefs against abortion.


By Shan Li - Los Angeles Times (MCT)

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Exactly. "I want to have sex with my spouse and I don't want to look into other forms of contraception, I just want every tax payer to pay for me to get my rocks off, that's cheaper and easier than condoms or Sympto-Thermal methods".
I was once raped in college. I declined a "morning after" pill. I did not know my attacker, I did not particularly want a child, I could not afford a child, but I knew that were I to be pregnant, many families would welcome my child that I could not care for into their homes.
Thankfully, I was not impregnated, but I had never once considered aborting some stranger's baby, solely because I knew that child could still have the life s/he deserved.


Good for them. They should not have to pay for contraceptives or abortions.
At the end of the day though we still need National Health Care. If we take the insurance industry out of the equation you will greatly reduce cost. The next cost is prohibiting public company's from making a profit on health and welfare. Whenever you put a cost on life it is morally wrong. After all of the bickering and arguing by everyone that thinks that they are right, a sick person is still going to get treatment and if they don't have the money it falls back onto the people that do have insurance or the doctors and hospitals charging higher rates. We can either make a National Healthcare system or we can continue to bicker indefinetely. No organization or person should be exempt as this creates a competitive disadvantage to those that are responsible and pay their bills compared to someone else that is not. Call it whatever kind of system that you wish but we can either get along and take care of one another or be judged at the end for saying that it cost too much to help one another.


The government has no right to tell a company what it has to cover in their insurance plans. We are supposed to be living in a free market society where the government is not involved in business. Is that even taught in schools these days?


to begin with, there should be no religious exemptions for anything, and definitely not muslims, they get babied on everything. if you don't want your employees to take advantage of the healthplan than don't hire people who disagree with your beliefs, seriously people are ridiculous. IT'S ONLY RELIGION, not even real, just something to keep the ignorant happy. grow up people


@Buckeye. So because I believe in God, in Jesus Christ and have faith, I need to grow up? Believe whatever you want, but nothing you said above bothers people who have real faith. We just look at people like you and feel sorry for you.


you can feel sorry for me all you want, but i am not the one who believes in make believe, seriously religion (catholocism) begins what 2000-3000 yrs ago, but yet we are supposed to believe that we were all created by God, even though the evidence of humans is alot earlier than that, all i am saying, is that religion was basically made up by educated people at the time to try and control the ignorant people at the time and become more civilized. and i am glad it doesn't bother you, because it shouldn't it's what you believe in. but why do you have to rely on a figure or a religion to have faith?


@ Buckeye_Nation:

Your argument merely follows the Marxian contention that society is God and therefore the final authority.

In your health care budget planning, be sure to set aside plenty of funding for bullets and gas chambers in order to "dispatch" those who will not obey and/or comply with the diktats of the State.

BTW: I am not a deist.



I'm glad they are standing up for what they believe. It's unconstitutional to force someone to do something against religious beliefs.