Hobby Lobby Appeals ObamaCare Mandate Ruling

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Christian-owned Hobby Lobby is appealing in federal court over its case against the abortion-pill mandate in ObamaCare.

The owners are fighting to protect their freedom of religion regarding this mandate in the federal healthcare law.

The law forces employers to provide the "morning-after pill" and "week-after pill" in its health insurance plan or face more than $1 million in fines per day.

A lower court denied their initial request on Tuesday to be excused from the abortion mandate.

That court ruled that the owners of Hobby Lobby, the Green family, has sincere religious beliefs forbidding them from providing abortion-causing drugs. However, the judge said they were only "indirectly" burdened by the mandate's requirement.

The company filed an emergency appeal to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Green family started Hobby Lobby in a garage in Oklahoma City in 1972. Now there are more than 500 stores in 41 states.

The family uses profits from the stores to literally give millions to ministries. They also buy hundreds of ads supporting the true meaning of Christmas and Easter each year around those holidays.

"Every American, including family business owners like the Greens, should be free to make a living without forfeiting their religious beliefs," said Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, represents Hobby Lobby.

"The Green family needs relief before Jan. 1 and so we have asked the federal appeals court in Denver to issue an injunction against the mandate," he continued.

"It is by God's grace and provision that Hobby Lobby has endured," David Green, Hobby Lobby founder and CEO, said. "Therefore, we seek to honor God by operating the company in a manner consistent with biblical principles."

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