Injunction Under Consideration for Hobby Lobby
A federal judge in Oklahoma City is weighing an injunction request to certain contraceptive coverage by Oklahoma-based Hobby Lobby in relation to the federal health care act.
US District Judge Joe Heaton listened to arguments on Thursday as to why he should order an injunction to keep Hobby Lobby from providing certain contraceptive coverage.
Kyle Duncan who is representing Hobby Lobby says the injunction only impacts coverage of the morning after and week after pills.
“We’re not asking for an exemption from the Affordable Care Act. Hobby lobby’s not asking not to be able to cover contraceptives generally its asking for a very specific thing that it does not believe will impact anybody’s health.”
The government maintains that Hobby Lobby is a secular corporation and doesn’t exercise religion under the first amendment.
But, Duncan says the company’s owners express their religion by not being open on Sundays, not selling items which go against their beliefs and espouse their spirituality through religious ads during holidays.
The judge has until January First to make his decision or Hobby Lobby will be forced to pay fines for not providing the coverage.