Representatives for the national arts and crafts retailer Hobby Lobby appeared in federal court Thursday after the company filed a lawsuit against the Obamacare "preventive services" mandate.
Lawyers for the craft store chain are seeking an injunction, arguing that the federal law is unconstitutional. They say the mandate violates the Christian beliefs of company owners by forcing them to cover insurance costs for abortion-inducing drugs.
"These abortion-causing drugs go against our faith, and our family is now being forced to choose between following the laws of the land that we love or maintaining the religious beliefs that have made our business successful and have supported our family and thousands of our employees and their families," David Green, founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby Stores, told CBN News.
"We simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs to comply with this mandate," he said.
The Obama administration argues that Hobby Lobby as a secular employer does not exercise religion.
Meanwhile, the Obama administration said it does not object to reopening a legal challenge by Liberty University against the president's healthcare law.
A federal district judge first rejected the school's claim that the contraception mandate violates it's religious freedoms. The Fourth Circuit of Appeals ruled Liberty's lawsuit premature.
Now the Justice Department said it will allow a federal appeals court to review the claim. The healthcare overhaul was ruled constitutional by the Supreme Court in June.