The Daily Oklahoman - Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby will not comply with a federal law that requires employee health care plans to provide insurance coverage for certain kinds of contraception that the firm's owners consider to be "abortion inducing drugs and devices," an attorney for the company said Thursday.
With Wednesday's rejection of an emergency stay of that federal health care law by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Hobby Lobby and sister company Mardel could be subject to fines of up to $1.3 million a day beginning Jan. 1.
"They're not going to comply with the mandate," said Kyle Duncan, general counsel of The Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty that is representing the company. "They're not going to offer coverage for abortion-inducing drugs in the insurance plan."
As for the potential fines, Duncan said, "We're just going to have to cross that bridge when we come it."
The Green family, owners of Hobby Lobby and Mardel, filed a lawsuit in September challenging part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. They said a provision dealing with insurance coverage for certain types of contraception -- the morning-after pill, the week-after pill and some intrauterine devices -- went against the family's beliefs. The Greens believe those types of contraception could cause abortions.
Duncan said the company will continue its legal battle in the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
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