Hobby Lobby Sues Over Birth Control Mandate

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The Christian-owned business Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging the president's health care mandate that requires employers to provide contraception like the "morning after" pill in their health insurance plan.

The lawsuit claims the government is forcing the company's owners "to violate their deeply held religious beliefs under threat of heavy fines, penalties, and lawsuits by providing a pill that when taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, can terminate a pregnancy by as much as 89 percent."

Hobby Lobby founder and CEO David Green told CBN News "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," he continued. "Or maintaining the religious beliefs that have made our business successful and have supported our family and thousands of our employees and their families."

"We simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs to comply with this mandate," Green said.

Hobby Lobby argues that failure to provide the drugs in the company's health insurance plan could lead to fines of up to $1.3 million a day.

Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, said 27 other lawsuits have been filed nationwide over the mandate, mostly by nonprofit groups.

The Oklahoma City-based chain is the largest and only non-Catholic-owned business to file a lawsuit against the Health and Human Services mandate that forces all companies, regardless of religious conviction, to cover the morning-after pill.

Hobby Lobby, founded in 1972, prides itself as a "biblically founded business" that is closed on Sundays. It now has more than 500 stores in 41 states.

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