Hobby Lobby Appeals Court Decision Forcing It to Provide Abortion-Inducing Drugs under Obamacare

November 21, 2012 - 3:45 PM
Hobby Lobby

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2012 file photo, a woman walks from a Hobby Lobby Inc., store in Little Rock, Ark. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

(CNSNews.com) – The owners of the Hobby Lobby franchise are appealing a decision issued by a federal judge on Thursday that will force the owners to violate their Christian faith by providing abortion-inducing drugs to employees mandated in insurance guidelines in the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

Under Obamacare, if the company does not offer the drugs, it could face fines of up to $1.3 million a day, according to a press release from The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is representing the company.

“Every American, including family business owners like the Greens, should be free to make a living without forfeiting their religious beliefs,” Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represents Hobby Lobby, said in a press release distributed Friday to announce the appeal.

“The Green family needs relief before Jan. 1, and so we have asked the federal appeals court in Denver to issue an injunction against the mandate,” he added.

The appeal brief, which names as respondents Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, was filed with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and seeks relief from Thursday’s ruling.

Founded in an Oklahoma City garage in 1972, the Green family has grown Hobby Lobby from one 300-square-foot retail space into more than 500 stores in 41 states.

“It is by God’s grace and provision that Hobby Lobby has endured,” David Green, founder and CEO, said in the press release. “Therefore we seek to honor God by operating the company in a manner consistent with Biblical principles.”

The press release states that the Greens are not opposed to contraceptives, which they provide through insurance to employees. But they oppose abortion, including “morning-after pills and other abortifacients.

(CNSNews.com) – The owners of the Hobby Lobby franchise are appealing a decision issued by a federal judge on Thursday that will force the owners to violate their Christian faith by providing abortion-inducing drugs to employees mandated in insurance guidelines in the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

Under Obamacare, if the company does not offer the drugs, it could face fines of up to $1.3 million a day, according to a press release from The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is representing the company.

“Every American, including family business owners like the Greens, should be free to make a living without forfeiting their religious beliefs,” Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represents Hobby Lobby, said in a press release distributed Friday to announce the appeal.

“The Green family needs relief before Jan. 1, and so we have asked the federal appeals court in Denver to issue an injunction against the mandate,” he added.

The appeal brief, which names as respondents Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, was filed with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and seeks relief from Thursday’s ruling.

Founded in an Oklahoma City garage in 1972, the Green family has grown Hobby Lobby from one 300-square-foot retail space into more than 500 stores in 41 states.

“It is by God’s grace and provision that Hobby Lobby has endured,” David Green, founder and CEO, said in the press release. “Therefore we seek to honor God by operating the company in a manner consistent with Biblical principles.”

The press release states that the Greens are not opposed to contraceptives, which they provide through insurance to employees. But they oppose abortion, including “morning-after pills and other abortifacients.