Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby seeks to speed court process on health care appeal

BY BRIANNA BAILEY bbailey@opubco.com Published: March 9, 2013

Short-term fix in place

The company shifted the beginning of its employee health plan year in January to temporarily stave off incurring the penalties. Hobby Lobby has said previously that it could face fines of up to $1.3 million a day for failing to provide the emergency contraceptives coverage for its workers.

The company will continue to offer health insurance coverage for its workers without paying for emergency contraceptives, even if that means incurring millions in fines, Duncan said.

“But if and when the government tries to fine them, they will take all legal means to minimize and avoid those fines,” he said.

Hobby Lobby founder David Green and his family believe some types of emergency contraceptives, including the morning-after pill, are forms of abortion, which conflicts with the family's Christian religious beliefs.

The federal government argues that constitutional rights to religious freedom do not apply to Hobby Lobby because the company is a secular, for-profit corporation.

These cases are ultimately going to have to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.”

Kyle Duncan,
General counsel for the Becket

Fund for Religious Liberty

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