After losing a last-minute appeal to the Supreme Court, craft stores chain Hobby Lobby said it would defy a federal healthcare mandate requiring employers to provide their workers with insurance that covers emergency contraceptives.
The Oklahoma City-based chain, owned by a conservative Christian family, had applied to the high court to block a part of the federal healthcare law ordering companies to offer insurance that covers contraceptive drugs, including the so-called morning-after pill.
After the court refused to block the mandate, a lawyer for Hobby Lobby said the Green family, which also has holdings in Mardel Inc., a seller of religious books, would nonetheless refuse to provide health coverage for contraception it considers 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," said Kyle Duncan, general counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represents Hobby Lobby. "They're not going to offer coverage for abortion-inducing drugs in the insurance plan."