Court rules Hobby Lobby must pay for “morning after pill”

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A federal court said Monday Hobby Lobby will have to "violate its faith" and provide "morning after" pills and the "week after pills" in their insurance plan. 

If they do not, they will face fines up to $1.3 million per day. 

The court didn't question the Green family's beliefs but ruled that those religious beliefs were only "indirectly" burdened by the mandate's requirement that they provide free coverage for specific, abortion-inducing drugs in Hobby Lobby’s self-funded insurance plan.

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

Hobby Lobby is the largest and only non-Catholic-owned business to file a lawsuit against the HHS mandate.  

The Green family said they have no moral objection to the use of preventive contraceptives and will continue covering preventive contraceptives for its employees.

However, the Green family said their religious convictions prohibit them from providing or paying for the abortion-inducing drugs, the “morning after” and “week after” pills, which would violate their most deeply held religious belief that life begins at conception.

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