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NEW HEADING 1
Hobby Lobby Defies New Federal Mandate
February 5, 2013James F Byrnes Freshman Academy
Hobby Lobby, an arts and crafts company, denied compliance with the new federal mandate requiring it to provide free access to multiple abortion pills to all employees last month. They refused to provide this product because it interferes with the owner’s Christian beliefs; consequently, the organization is facing possible fines up to $1.3 million every day that they protest, according to the Huffington Post.
The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a non-profit Christian organization, says that under Obamacare women have complete coverage for early-abortion pills, contraceptives, and sterilizations. Surgical, chemical, late term, and all other abortions may have a co-pay or be subsidized completely.
Not only will women have easy access, but teenagers will be provided free birth control methods, according to US News. It is supposed to cut teen pregnancy rates by 80%.
Peter M. Dobelbower, the general counsel for Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., was quoted in a CNN article saying, “Hobby Lobby does not provide coverage for abortion-inducing drugs in its health care plan. Hobby Lobby will continue to vigorously defend its religious liberty and oppose the mandate and any penalties.”
The US Supreme Court denied Hobby Lobby’s request for an injunction, but The Becket Fund, a nonprofit public interest law firm, stated that Hobby Lobby has found a way to “shift the plan year for its employee health insurance, thus postponing the effective date of the mandate for several months.”
According to CNS News, 43 different Catholic dioceses and institutions have filed law suits against the new mandate because it “violates the teachings of their faith.”
Shianne Adams, freshman at BFA, stated, “If they want to provide the abortion pills in their insurance, then they should be able to, but if they feel like it’s violating their rights, then nobody should force them to do so.”
David Green, CEO and founder of Hobby Lobby, told the Huffington Post, "It is by God's grace and provision that Hobby Lobby has endured; therefore, we seek to honor God by operating the company in a manner consistent with biblical principles."