Another business, Hobby Lobby, is taking a faith-based stand in court against the federal mandate that all new health plans cover contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs. As a private business, Hobby Lobby does not fall under the narrow religious exemption of the mandate, so it would be required to include such coverage when its health plan renews.
However, David Green, Hobby Lobby founder and CEO, refuses to accept that. In a release, he declared, “By being required to make a choice between sacrificing our faith or paying millions of dollars in fines, we essentially must choose which poison pill to swallow.” Notably, in a USA Today op-ed, Green asserted Hobby Lobby could face federal fines of $1.3 million per day for its stand. He concluded, “My family has lived the American dream. We want to continue growing our company and providing great jobs for thousands of employees, but the government is going to make that much more difficult. The government is forcing us to choose between following our faith and following the law. I say that's a choice no American — and no American business — should have to make.”
Hobby Lobby, a chain of more than 500 arts and crafts stores in 41 states, is the first non-Catholic-owned business to file suit against this HHS mandate. It will be represented in court by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President Government Relations
Published: September 28, 2012