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December 22, 2012

Hobby Lobby appeals to high court

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Hobby Lobby Stores asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to block part of the federal health care law that requires it to provide insurance coverage for the morning-after pill and similar emergency contraception pills.

Owned by a conservative Christian family, the arts-and-crafts company argues that the drugs are tantamount to abortion because they can prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in a woman’s womb. Company officials say they must decide whether to violate their faith or face a daily $1.3 million fine beginning Jan. 1 if they ignore the law.

“They’re going to have to make a hard decision they shouldn’t have to make,” said company attorney Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

“Hobby Lobby is very strong and steadfast in their beliefs,” he added. “They are confident that the courts will act.”

Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby is the largest business to file a lawsuit against the mandate.

Hobby Lobby asked the Supreme Court to take up the case a day after a federal appeals court rejected the company’s request. A U.S. District judge also turned down the company last month.

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