Skip to comments.Judge: Hobby Lobby must offer morning-after pill
Posted on 11/19/2012 9:00:22 PM PST by haffast
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A federal judge Monday rejected Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.'s request to block part of the federal health care overhaul that requires the arts and craft supply company to provide insurance coverage for the morning-after and week-after birth control pills.
In a 28-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton denied a request by Hobby Lobby to prevent the government from enforcing portions of the health care law mandating insurance coverage for contraceptives the company's Christian owners consider objectionable.
The Oklahoma City-based company and a sister company, Mardel Inc., sued the government in September, claiming the mandate violates the owners' religious beliefs. The owners contend the morning-after and week-after birth control pills are tantamount to abortion because they can prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in a woman's womb. They also object to providing coverage for certain kinds of intrauterine devices.
Hobby Lobby's attorney said the companies' owners will appeal.
Hobby Lobby is the largest business to file a lawsuit against the mandate.
Hobby Lobby calls itself a "biblically founded business" and is closed on Sundays. Founded in 1972, the company now operates more than 500 stores in 41 states and employs more than 13,000 full-time employees who are eligible for health insurance coverage. The company, which is self-insured, has said it will face a daily $1.3 million fine beginning Jan. 1 if it ignores the law.
"It is by God's grace and provision that Hobby Lobby has endured," said David Green, founder and CEO. "Therefore we seek to honor God by operating the company in a manner consistent with biblical principles."
The Green family has said it has no moral objection to the use of other contraceptives and will continue covering them for its employees.
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If one would transplant themselves back to the era of the Founders- you would find many purely secular enterprises but also find many quasi-religious enterprises, such as the Quakers, Catholics, etc.
The Bill of Rights extends to all citizens, whether they are part of a church, are owners of a business, are part of a partnership,stockholders in a corporation or are just free individuals.
Not a tough concept.
Nope, not a tough concept at all. The judge is just another commie embedded in the system some time ago.
The United States has become a very dark and sinister place.
We’re talking about Christianity, not karma. The commandments don’t have a footnote on them that says “can be ignored when you are threatened.” The one about not murdering is pretty clear. And the one about having no gods before God is pretty clear as to who should be feared more than the government.
You’ve got it. Force commander zero to padlock businesses, defacto siezure of private property, put law abiding citizens in handcuffs and be led away on national tv.
A case? Why not try reading the Constitution?
Also - under this logic - it would seem that "a secular, for profit corporation" that is a media / press organization does not have a constitutional right to freedom of the press and could have its contents controlled by the government?
You’re right, the libs don’t want the fight. They expect the threats to work and will make only enough attacks as is neccessary to instill fear, but not so many as to provoke a civil war. The libs are banking on most people simply surrendering, and those they have hooked on this crack of theirs they know they will them forever. History is with them for the most part, with the exception of prohibition, but then speakeasy moonshine and rum was and is more popular than communion wine.
The First Amendment does not confer or guarantee any sort of religious freedom, even to the Church, in an Obamanation; we now consider it as a nullity. Obamacare particularly qualifies as an income tax insofar as one must generate income with which to pay the tax; therefore, it falls under the Sixteenth Amendment, which naturally overrides any provision of any preceding amendment, especially the First. Individual Americans moreover did not build businesses; rather, enterprises exist as a creature of big government alone for the good of big government to follow the orders and commands and mandates of big government.
Moving forward, Hobby Lobby should thank the judge graciously for clarifying its obligations and options. Hobby Lobby then must shut down its health insurance, reduce its employee compensation to account for the consequent tax against Hobby Lobby, and instruct its employees and their spouses and children to avoid any professional health care entirely. They moreover must pay a special tax from their reduced compensation for the privilege of lacking health insurance or access to medicine.
As a practical matter, this means for example that the wife of an employee will deliver their baby at home without medical attention rather than in a hospital equipped to handle any complications. She also will get no prenatal care beyond that which she can self-administer with the assistance of her husband. Such are the risks that people must assume for themselves in an Obamanation. Fortunately, even amateurs still can access limited medical information via libraries and Internet connections.
A moral, legal, and constitutional abomination.
Better fight, folks. While you still can.
The judge was appointed by Bush 43, BTW. Thanks, Dubya.
It’s such a bad ruling it may give reason to appeal, perhaps.
Frankly you’re right. The people of America voted for a lawless nation so the Constitution is in essence null and void now.
My mistake, I was going by the thread topic being a Christian store.
Not a problem.
Now, they have no such concerns about forcing people onto back alley health care.
Probably most people can still navigate around it...but I’m a putz. Har!
I would just refuse to do it.