Hobby Lobby Sues Obama Administration over Morning-After Pill
Craft store and evangelical-based Hobby Lobby filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday against the Obama Administration over the mandate requiring employers to provide coverage for the morning-after pill and other medications.
Under the new mandate, companies who do not provide coverage that includes medication such as the morning after pill can face fines of up to $1.3 million daily. According to Hobby Lobby CEO David Green, "By being required to make a choice between sacrificing our faith or paying millions of dollars in fines, we essentially must choose which poison pill to swallow - We simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs to comply with this mandate." Hobby Lobby has said that their efforts are not targeted at contraceptive coverage, but the morning-after pill which they believe is abortion-inducing.
Hobby Lobby is the first organization to file suit against the mandate that is not a Catholic-founded institution. Earlier this year, Hercules Industries Inc. was awarded a temporary injunction from having to pay penalties for not providing contraceptive coverage under the birth control mandate.
Media Resources: Huffington Post 9/12/12; Feminist Newswire 7/30/12