DENVER – The 10th circuit court of appeals in Denver decided the arts and crafts chain won’t face expensive fines for not complying with the mandate regarding emergency contraception coverage.
That mandate is part of the new Affordable Care Act.
Hobby Lobby will still need to proceed with their case, arguing that their for-profit business should be allowed to follow their religious beliefs and not provide some forms of birth control.
The judge’s ruling indicates Hobby Lobby has a good chance of being successful in the lawsuit stating, ” Sincerely religious persons could find a connection between the exercise of religion and the pursuit of profit.”
David Green, founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., sent out this statement:
“We are encouraged by today’s decision from the 10th Circuit. My family and I believe very strongly in our conviction that life begins at conception, and the emergency contraceptives that we would be forced to provide in our employee health plan under this mandate are contrary to that conviction. We believe that business owners should not have to be forced to choose between following their faith and following the law. We will continue to fight for our religious freedom, and we appreciate the prayers of support we have received.”