Hobby Lobby defies court after losing emergency appeal

Photo by Mike Kalasnik

Photo by Mike Kalasnik

By Ryan Blodgett

Last week, Hobby Lobby lost an emergency appeal to the Supreme Court to block a provision in the Affordable Care Act that would require the company to provide insurance coverage for emergency contraception to its employees starting on the first of this year. The company is an arts and crafts chain store owned by a conservative Christian family.

Following the lost appeal, the company was left with two choices: either provide insurance coverage to its employees for the morning after pill starting on Tuesday, or face fines of up to $1.3 million per day. The owners of Hobby Lobby have chosen the latter.

Claiming that the morning after pill is an abortion drug, the owners refuse to provide coverage for it for religious reasons. In the end, refusing to provide the coverage during the course of the company’s continuing legal battle to find the Affordable Care Act provision requiring this coverage unconstitutional may prove much more costly than providing the coverage. If Hobby Lobby loses the ongoing law suit, they may be forced to give in and provide the coverage or shut down.

Posted by on January 3, 2013. Filed under Judicial,Religion,Women. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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