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Hobby Lobby Willing to Pay Millions in Fight Against Emergency Contraception

Hobby Lobby, a 525-store arts and crafts chain, will face a $1.3 million-a-day fine beginning Jan. 1 for noncompliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Hobby Lobby plans to defy a federal mandate requiring it to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morning-after and week-after pill, according to an attorney for the Oklahoma City-based company.

The 525-store arts and crafts chain will face a $1.3 million-a-day fine beginning Jan. 1 for noncompliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to CNN's Belief Blog.

There is a Hobby Lobby inside the Northampton Crossings shopping center in Lower Nazareth Township. The next-closest store to the Lehigh Valley is in South Plainfield, N.J.

The Huffington Post reports:

Hobby Lobby and religious book-seller Mardel Inc., which are owned by the same conservative Christian family, are suing to block part of the federal health care law that requires employee health-care plans to provide insurance coverage for the morning-after pill and similar emergency contraception pills.

The companies claim the mandate violates the religious beliefs of their owners. They say the morning-after pill is tantamount to abortion because it can prevent a fertilized egg from becoming implanted in a woman's womb.

At issue for CEO and Founder David Green and his family are Plan B One-Step and ella©.

According to www.planbonestep.com, Plan B One-Step is intended to prevent pregnancy after known or suspected contraceptive failure or unprotected sex. ella© works to help prevent pregnancy by delaying ovulation for five days and may also work by preventing attachment to the uterus, according to www.ella-rx.com.

A statement from The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a law firm representing Hobby Lobby, explains that "covering these drugs, as the government is forcing them to do under the threat of $1.3 million penalty per day, would violate [the Green family's] most deeply held religious belief that life begins at conception, when an egg is fertilized."

The statement adds that Hobby Lobby has "no moral objection to the use of preventive contraceptives and will continue its longstanding practice of covering these preventive contraceptives for its employees."

On the social media front, Hobby Lobby's Facebook page is filled with mixed messages, including "BOO! You have seen your last dime from me!" and "Thank you for choosing to stand for something more employers should have! Thank you thank you thank you! It is good to see the government can't dictate all."

Hobby Lobby has remained mum on the subject on its social media sites, consistently posting coupons and pictures of new products. Green, however, is not shy about his religious beliefs. The store is closed on Sundays to give employees a day of rest and, according to the company's website, "the foundation of our business has been, and will continue to be strong values, and honoring the Lord in a manner consistent with Biblical principles."

Do you agree with Hobby Lobby and the Green family? Tell us in the comments section below.

Jenell Aguirre December 28, 2012 at 01:58 PM
I wish there were more businesses that had the same moral standards as Hobby Lobby. May God be with you and all the people that are fighting for the same rights in this country.
Carolyn Sudduth December 28, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Businesses that operate according to God's will are good for the country but, sadly, there are not enough of them. Christian businesses are under attack and I pray that God will bless them and strengthen them so that they will continue to stand strong.
diamond li'l December 28, 2012 at 02:36 PM
I so agree. This government is getting out of hand when they can dictate religious beliefs. Why do Muslim prisoners get rights but Christians don't?
Arthur December 28, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Yes I agree with Hobby Lobby. No one should be forced to pay for contraception for others. If you believe in "choice" how can you deny their right to choose?
Michael Hunt December 28, 2012 at 03:47 PM
I don't see them being very selective as to who they sell goods to. If they are so high and mighty then they should refuse to open their doors to anyone who aborts a child. But I guess god will only take your money in a non-discriminant fashion but just not give it back that way.
Amend December 28, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Certainly the owners Christian beliefs don't keep them from engaging Chinese contractors who manufacture the goods they sell.
Evalina Irish-Spencer December 28, 2012 at 06:04 PM
I agree with Hobby Lobby. The government needs to stop. Why is it tolerance is required for the beliefs and practices of other religions but the beliefs and practices of Christians are ignored. We also don't worry about who receives services from businesses that are owned by practitioners of other religions either. This is America! When we are tolerant for one we need to be tolerant for all.
Melissa Dougherty December 28, 2012 at 06:05 PM
So because I'm Christian I can't buy "made in China" goods? That makes no sense! Hobby Lobby simply does not want to help pay for, nor support something that is not in line with their beliefs ... I am pro life and there is absolutely no way I would help fund or support abortion. Not to mention, the government let other big companies slide on this exact topic for less of a reason .. just for costs purposes .. but they won't let Hobby Lobby or others like them because of religious beliefs? Furthermore, if you people don't know how to use a condom or birth control by now....then you should put on grown up pants and dig your heels in and man up .. there is every opportunity to avoid pregnancy without abortion or abortion like products. Use them.
Amend December 28, 2012 at 06:21 PM
@Melissa- the Chinese, as a culture, have been perpetuating a policy of "one child" for decades, and have come under fire for performing forced abortions. They also don't observe Sundays as God's day, nor do they pay the minimum of $11/hr. By definition, Chinese communism is non religious. My point has nothingto do with contraceptives or the day after pill. Rather, I was pointing out the hypocrisy of the owners. They only seem concerned with their Christian beliefs on domestic soil. Yet, they take no issue with making billions off of Chinese slave labor.
Melissa Dougherty December 28, 2012 at 06:50 PM
@Amend... I see your point.. And looking at it from your perspective, its a very valid point!! .. and I take back my "made in China" comment.. however ..everything else in my comment stands. But also... In America , observing Sunday as the Lords day (as far as businesses being closed etc.) Is very very rare... and there are many people here who get paid less than minimum wage .. we don't have the forced abortion thing happening (thank God) and we have still have slaves and sex slaves and on and on and I gotta tell ya, America is trying to act like we are a country founded on Christian beliefs ...yet all the while we take God out of EVERYTHING. As far as that stuff goes, we arent much better than China. I mean, as far as this Hobby Lobby issue goes, I believe there are many undertones as to why people support them in this fight. We WANT to so badly believe that SOMEONE ELSE is ganna stand for what's right, even if its a partial right, rather than take the small individual steps ourselves that are necessary to make a real change. You are very right about China, I wish you weren't ... But they aren't the only bad guys in this world, "made in the USA" doesn't quite hold the same quality it once had.
Melissa Dougherty December 28, 2012 at 07:01 PM
I'm only saying ..that if seeing a tag that reads "made in California" , where we have sex trafficking of girls younger than the ripe ole age of twelve, and drug dealers selling to 7 year olds .... rather than "made in China" .. helps you sleep better at night.. then so be it.
Amend December 28, 2012 at 08:06 PM
@Melissa- trying to project the issue elsewhere doesn't change the business practices that Hobby Lobby engages in. it's difficult to honor their position regarding the morning after pill when they employ slave labor from a country that promotes abortion as a means of birth control just so they can realize the greatest ROI possible. That just makes them false Christians in my mind. And yeah, I'll take American made over Chinese made whenever I can.
Nazaretti December 28, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Hobby Lobby should get out of the health insurance business and focus on hobbies. The same goes for other employers, too. I can't wait for the insurance exchanges to be up and running, so the pernicious link of your health insurance to your job can finally be dissolved!
Melissa Dougherty December 28, 2012 at 08:47 PM
There are MANY other reasons why to not buy China made products .. However, solely on this subject and this one alone... I feel this way... You are calling them false Christians because they buy from a government that FORCES people to have abortions.. But in your mind , they would be real Christians if they bought from other countries whose government gives them the CHOICE to murder, without consequence ? Just think about it? It's six to one, and half a dozen to another. To me .. based on morals and principles.. does it really matter who they buy from .. your focus is on China .. but we give the right to choose the exact same wrong. Why are we better? Because they don't force us to murder? In my mind , a person choosing to murder is worse, they've weighed the pros and cons and decided that was the best plan of action. And we most certainly do promote it... Maybe not in a traditional commercial kind of way, but we make it Ssssoooo easy ... "Hey, think you're pregnant? Just pop this pill and make it go away, its as easy as putting on a condom." ~ I see the point you are trying to make to me ... But I just can't get on board with it. To me it doesn't matter who they buy from, we are all doing wrong, in one way or another. But at least they are taking a step to do something right, to help make a positive change. And I applaud them!!!
kerry follweiler December 29, 2012 at 02:37 AM
I agree!
Jeepers63 December 29, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Hobby Lobby should mind their own business, not what is going on with the insurance. Be grateful employees have insurance, don't be picking it apart. It's up to the employees what they need to do with the insurance benefits, not the store owner. Hobby Lobby....stop trying to run other peoples lives.
bill burr December 29, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Amen
bill burr December 29, 2012 at 04:02 AM
amen
bill burr December 29, 2012 at 04:12 AM
you are a fool. they are the ones paying for the insurance
Melissa Dougherty December 29, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Thank you Bill and Kerry for your support. Much appreciated!!
Chris Miller December 30, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Jeepers YOu might want to take a closer look at what is going on here. Adults are suppose to be grown ups but many out there continue to look to mommy and daddy to pay the bill.

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