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Hobby Lobby Appeals Decision Forcing It to Obey HHS Mandate

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Hobby Lobby, a Christian-owned and run company, is fighting back against a judge’s decision siding with the Obama administration saying that it has the right to force it to pay for drugs for women that may cause abortions.

The privately held retail chain with more than 500 arts and crafts stores in 41 states filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration over its HHS mandate. The company says it would face $1.3 million in fines on a daily basis starting in January if it fails to comply with the mandate, which requires religious employers to pay for or refer women for abortion-cause drugs that violate their conscience or religious beliefs.

The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma and U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton issued a ruling late Monday rejecting Hobby Lobby’s request to block the mandate. Judge Heaton said that the company doesn’t qualify for an exemption because it is not a church or religious group.

“Plaintiffs have not cited, and the court has not found, any case concluding that secular, for-profit corporations such as Hobby Lobby and Mardel have a constitutional right to the free exercise of religion,” the ruling said.

Heaton wrote that “the court is not unsympathetic” to the company’s desire to not pay for abortion-causing drugs but he said the Obamacare law “results in concerns and issues not previously confronted by companies or their owners.”

Today, attorneys for Hobby Lobby informed LifeNews it has appealed to the federal 10th Circuit Court of Appeals seeking relief from the abortion pill mandate.

The brief reads in part: “[I]n less than six weeks, [the Green family] must either violate their faith by covering abortion-causing drugs, or be exposed to severe penalties—including fines of up to $1.3 million per day, annual penalties of about $26 million and exposure to private suits.”

 

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» 11 Comments

  1. CrustyB

    November 23rd, 2012

    This is why the Supreme Court’s ruling that Congress’ power to impose tax fines overrules the Bill of Rights was the death knell for the USA.

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  2. sablegsd

    November 23rd, 2012

    Close it down. Put thousands more out of work.

    Point the fickle finger of fate right at ovomit
    and the regressive commie party.

    Meanwhile, what’s this I hear about still something that could be done via delegates?

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  3. Billy Fuster

    November 23rd, 2012

    Join Ann.

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  4. Rosemarazzle

    November 23rd, 2012

    disgusting. I hate this band of leftist thugs.
    I swear what happened? The hippies of the 60′s and 70′s all about freedom and “get the bossy establishment out of our lives” are now running every ones lives like a gang of Nazis.
    SICK OF IT>

    Hey Sablegsd: could you just imagine if the delegates gave it to Romney?
    Could you have imagined if Romney won like he was supposed to with out the hacking fraudulent thieves that got away with it?
    Well, we were warned about that, you know, riots, and hell fire

    yeah. Liberals are dead to me. I am still pissed

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  5. Carlos The Jackal

    November 23rd, 2012

    Love Hobby Lobby and would hate to see it go, but I would support them if they said screw it and went out of business. Perhaps if enough JOB CREATING/TAX PAYING BUSINESSES closed up shop someone in DC might notice.

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  6. Ten Megaton

    November 23rd, 2012

    Don’t we have enough shit to worry about and work out. If we do not get a grip on debt this will be the last thing to fret about. For a normal human being anyway.

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  7. Nutjob

    November 23rd, 2012

    Time for Hobby Lobby to use the infamous tax loophole like insurance and hospitals and declare itself a non-profit religious organaziation/art supplier/christian bookstore.

    With the new company logo to be a middle finger.

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  8. Unruly Refugee

    November 23rd, 2012

    The evil 0bama administration probably figures that the companies who fight the mandates will be forced to close because of the legal costs of fighting a government so corrupt they actually want to see all Christian businesses shut down.

    Wonder how long before the bastards start stocking all our school libraries with korans and copies of the hadith.

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  9. scr_north

    November 23rd, 2012

    Cancel their health insurance and convert the company payments to raises for the employees (less the fine that Obamacare will levy on the company). I know it’s a bastard thing to do but unless this starts to happen and people hit the streets in protest you won’t see Congress growing a backbone anytime soon.

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  10. Nutjob

    November 23rd, 2012

    @scr north,
    Looks to me thats going to be the plan for a lot of corporations.

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  11. scr_north

    November 23rd, 2012

    @nutjob; well the left/progs are a helluva lot better then conservatives are at this stuff. They have been brought up to figure out how to circumvent and break the spirit of the law whereas conservatives have been taught to respect and work within it. If people in the US (and Canada although Harper is making changes) want to save their country they need to start thinking about how a prog would play to win.

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