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Hobby Lobby has stood strong this year while the government repeatedly attempted to infringe on the owners’ first amendment right to freely exercise religion. The public organized a day to support the store’s right not to offer abortifacients as part of their health care plan, as the founders believe life begins at conception. It was untenable to the American people that the government could force them to do something that was so anathema to their beliefs. In return, the store was faced with fines of up to $1.3 million per day. This is still America, right? Do we have to pay for the privilege of having our Constitutional rights respected?
The Green family, owners of Hobby Lobby, offer 16 types of contraceptives in their health care package, but they do not offer any which would prevent implantation of a fertilized egg. These abortifacients would violate their religious beliefs that life begins at conception. "To offer prescriptions that take life is not an option for us," said Green. Last month, it was ruled that Hobby Lobby would not be fined while the matter was being decided in court. This most recent ruling is another big win for the craft store chain.
The final determination of whether or not the contraception mandate is constitutional will be heard at a later date, but this decision does mean that the judge believes Hobby Lobby has a reasonable chance of proving that it is not. The temporary exemption will expire on October first, when the case is set to be heard in court. Here’s hoping that the Constitution prevails once again, and yet another wheel falls off of the Obamacare train.