Against a backdrop of old family photographs and smiling Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. employees, CEO David Green and other members of the Green family speak out about their decision to challenge the Affordable Care Act in a new video posted on YouTube.
“People are saying that we are taking rights away from somebody, and there's no way we are taking anybody's rights away,” David Green says in the video seated on a couch next to wife, Barbara Green. “It's our rights that are being infringed upon to require us to do something that is against our conscience.”
The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in Hobby Lobby's challenge to the health care law's mandate on emergency contraceptives coverage on March 25.
The Greens oppose a portion of the mandate that requires the company to cover some types of emergency contraceptives, including the morning-after pill, as part of Hobby Lobby's employee health care plan or face millions of dollars in fines each year.
The Greens have spoken publicly about the issue only a few times since moving to sue the federal government in 2012.
The video was posted to YouTube on Thursday.
“We believe that the principles that are taught scripturally are what we should operate our lives by, and it actually flows over into the business,” Hobby Lobby President Steve Green said in the video. “This is an issue of life. We cannot be a part of taking life. To be in a situation where our government is telling us we have to be is incredible.”
The Greens made the video as their case before the Supreme Court ramps up to “help their supporters and the general public understand the significance of their case for religious freedom in America,” said Emily Hardman, spokeswoman for The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is representing Hobby Lobby in its case.
A female narrator in the video says the contraceptives the Green family opposes, including the pills Plan B and Ella, and copper IUDs, have “the potential to terminate a life.”
The video also highlights Hobby Lobby's wages for workers — 90 percent above minimum wage for full-time, entry level employees — and the firm's policy of closing on Sundays.
Danielle Green, daughter of Steve and Jackie Green, says in the video that the family does not want to impose its religious beliefs on others.
“It has nothing to do with ‘We don't care about women' or ‘We want to direct their lives' or anything of that sort,” Danielle Green said. “We realize that people make their own choices and must follow their own beliefs — as we want to follow our own beliefs.”
To see “Hobby Lobby: A Family Business” a four-and-a-half minute video, scan the QR code or go to youtu.be/empZxxB19nU.