Hobby Lobby stands firm against Obamacare mandate - FOX 35 News Orlando

Hobby Lobby stands firm against Obamacare mandate

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Hobby Lobby, a Christian-owned craft chain which operates in metro Memphis, faces millions of dollars in fines for not complying with the Obamacare mandate to provide the morning-after pill.

The company says it believes so-called "Plan B" is nothing more than an abortion pill and it would rather go under than provide that option for its employees.

While churches and houses of worship are exempt from the regulation, and a narrow exemption was added for some non-profit religious employers, the exemption does not cover businesses owned and run by private citizens with religious objections to contraception.

The Supreme Court heard the case and ruled that Hobby Lobby failed to meet the standard for extraordinary relief but could continue to pursue its challenge through the lower courts.

In the meantime Hobby Lobby faces the real possibility of being fined $1.3 million a day for noncompliance.

Jan. 5 was designated "Hobby Lobby Appreciation Day" and thousands of supporters shopped on line or at stores like the one in Germantown.

Hobby Lobby declined to comment about the health care situation but FOX13 News did talk to some of their customers. While they all agreed they liked Hobby Lobby, they did not all agree on what should be done.

In a statement to FOX13 News, Hobby Lobby said all they are asking for is a narrow exemption from the law that says they don't have to provide drugs they believe cause abortions. The attorney representing the store says their basic point is that the government can't put a corporation in the position of choosing between its faith and following the law.

While the fight goes on, it is business as usual for hobby lobby.

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