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Government to challenge Hobby Lobby's reprieve from fines

Feds challenge injunction that has allowed Hobby Lobby to avoid fines for refusing to cover the cost of some contraceptives for its workers.
by Brianna Bailey Published: September 19, 2013
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Hobby Lobby founder and CEO David Green and his family do not want to cover the cost of some types of contraceptives for their employees, including the morning-after pill, because they believe the drugs are a form of abortion, which conflicts with their Christian religious beliefs.

Heaton had earlier denied Hobby Lobby a temporary stay against paying up to $1.3 million a day for failing to extend insurance coverage to its employees to cover the cost of emergency contraceptives, as the Affordable Care Act requires.

However, the judge reversed course after the 10th Circuit ruled that the corporation should be extended the same constitutional rights to religious freedom as individuals.

“We are proceeding on the basis of legal fiction that corporations have the right to exercise freedom of religion,” Heaton said from the bench in July while granting Hobby Lobby the injunction.

by Brianna Bailey
Business Writer
Brianna Bailey has lived in Idaho, Germany and Southern California, but Oklahoma is her adopted home. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and has worked at several newspapers in Oklahoma and Southern...
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