Christian Retailing

NEWSLETTERS Current Issue Judge: Hobby Lobby, Mardel must provide abortion pill coverage
Judge: Hobby Lobby, Mardel must provide abortion pill coverage PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 11:14 AM EST

David GreenChristian-owned-and-operated Hobby Lobby Stores and sister company, Mardel Christian & Education, didn't receive the outcome founder and CEO David Green wanted in yesterday's federal court case.

U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton ruled Nov. 19 that the Oklahoma City-based companies must provide the "morning after" and "week after" pills under new federal healthcare rules that begin Jan. 1. If they don't, the companies will face fines of up to $1.3 million per day.

"We disagree with this decision and we will immediately appeal it," said Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. "Every American, including family business owners like the Greens, should be free to live and do business according to their religious beliefs. The Green family needs relief now, and we will seek it immediately from the federal appeals court in Denver."

The court did not question the fact that the family's beliefs forbid them from participating in abortion, but ruled that those beliefs were only "indirectly" burdened by the mandate's requirement that they provide free coverage for specific, abortion-inducing drugs in Hobby Lobby's self-funded insurance plan.

In a related health care case, Tyndale House Publishers received a favorable ruling last Friday, Nov. 16, which stopped enforcement of the Obama administration's abortion pill mandate for the Christian publisher.

Hobby Lobby was founded in 1972 and has grown from one 300-square-foot retail space into more than 500 stores in 41 states. The chain employs more than 22,500 people.

"It is by God's grace and provision that Hobby Lobby has endured," Green said. "Therefore we seek to honor God by operating the company in a manner consistent with biblical principles."

Mardel was opened by David Green's son, CEO Mart Green, in 1981 and now has 35 stores with 800 employees.

Hobby Lobby is the largest and first non-Catholic-owned business to file a lawsuit against the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate. The Green family will continue covering preventive contraceptives for its employees, but their convictions prohibit them from providing or paying for the abortion-inducing drugs, which would violate their belief that life begins at conception. The lawsuit acts to preserve the companies' right to carry out its mission free from government coercion.

There are 40 separate lawsuits now challenging the HHS mandate, which is a regulation under the Affordable Care Act (aka "Obamacare"). The Becket Fund also represents other Christian organizations in their fight against the mandate, including Wheaton College, Colorado Christian University, the Eternal Word Television Network and Ave Maria University.

 

In this current issue:

Provident partners with CNI for order fulfillment

News image

Provident Distribution announced July 31 a new relationship with Nashville-based...

READ MORE

InterVarsity, Rose Publishing named among Best Christian Workplaces

News image

The Best Christian Workplaces Institute (BCWI) included InterVarsity Press (IVP)...

READ MORE

Get ready for Christmas with ‘Christian Retailing’

News image

The August issue of Christian Retailing shows Christian retailers how...

READ MORE

United Methodist publisher dedicates new headquarters

News image

The United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH) celebrated the dedication of...

READ MORE

Hobby Lobby, Mardel file credit card fee lawsuit

News image

Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby Stores and Christian retail chain Mardel...

READ MORE

Downloads take off for Lysa TerKeurst’s First 5 app

News image

New York Times best-selling author Lysa TerKeurst, along with Proverbs...

READ MORE

Romance Writers of America honors Irene Hannon

News image

Irene Hannon, best-selling author of more than 50 novels, won...

READ MORE

Pillar reunites to release first album in six years

News image

Christian rock group Pillar is releasing its first album in...

READ MORE

Partnership broadens reach of International Children’s Bible

News image

The International Network of Children’s Ministry (INCM) announced Tuesday that...

READ MORE

Audiobook sales rise significantly in 2014

News image

The audiobook industry is continuing to expand in sales as...

READ MORE

Thomas Nelson promotes senior marketing staff

News image

Thomas Nelson announced two senior marketing promotions July 24. Michael Aulisio...

READ MORE

Jason Crabb honored with street name in hometown

News image

Jason Crabb was recently honored with a street name, “Jason...

READ MORE
100%
-
+
0
Show options

a