The U.S. Supreme Court refused Wednesday to stop the Department of Health and Human Services from enforcing its contraception mandate against a chain of family-owned retail stores according to a Fox News report.
Hobby Lobby, an arts and crafts chain, is the largest company to seek relief from the Obamacare contraceptive mandate, said Johanna Dasteel, writing for LifeSiteNews. The mandate requires all employers to provide contraceptive coverage, including the controversial “morning-after pill,” as a part of the health insurance package offered to employees.
On Sept. 12, Hobby Lobby filed suit in U.S. District Court seeking exemption from the mandate due to its owners’ strong religious beliefs.
According to its own website, the family business, led by founder and CEO David Green, has over 500 stores and more than 13,000 full-time employees in 41 states. With fines assessed at $100 per day per employee for failing to comply with the mandate, the company could be looking at $1.3 million per day in fines, according to Tim Tally writing for the Huffington Post.
“No American should have to choose between following his faith and paying enormous fines,” Green’s attorney, Lori Windham, senior counsel at The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, told LifeSiteNews.com. “The court below said it was not a substantial burden on the Greens’ religious freedom to force their family-owned company to pay for abortion-causing drugs. We believe the First Amendment means more than that.”
Although the Supreme Court only ruled on the issue of injunctive relief and not on the merits of Hobby Lobby’s case, the decision could nonetheless put an end to the retail chain’s suit.
If the company’s owners stick to their principles by following their religious beliefs, it’s difficult to imagine them being able to afford the $1.3 million daily penalty for long. They’d apparently be left with the choice of either going out of business or ignoring their religious beliefs. If they choose the former, another 13,000 employees would be left pounding the pavement looking for work.
Read more at Fox News.
DONATE TO BIZPAC REVIEW
Please help us! If you are fed up with letting radical big tech execs, phony fact-checkers, tyrannical liberals and a lying mainstream media have unprecedented power over your news please consider making a donation to BPR to help us fight them. Now is the time. Truth has never been more critical!
- ‘Act like a grownup’: Drunk driver sobs when she loses plea deal by coming 4 hours late to court - July 23, 2017
- ‘I would’ve fired her the day I met her’: Glenn Beck reveals more about Tomi Lahren mess - July 23, 2017
- Canadian thug beats 74-year-old cyclist bloody with a club in road rage fit– and they say US is more violent? - July 23, 2017