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Hobby Lobby, defying health law, refuses to cover morning-after pill

December 31, 2012|By Shan Li
  • Hobby Lobby has said that it will defy the Affordable Care Act by refusing to provide insurance to workers that will cover contraceptives that its owners consider to be "abortion-causing drugs and devices."
Hobby Lobby has said that it will defy the Affordable Care Act by refusing… (Tony Gutierrez / Associated…)

After losing a last-minute appeal to the Supreme Court, craft chain Hobby Lobby will defy a federal healthcare 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 healthcare 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 Beckett 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.

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