A federal judge has ruled against Hobby Lobby, a Christian-owned company that describes itself as a "biblically founded business" in its attempt to apply for exclusion in one of the Obamacare mandates. Hobby Lobby believes that the "use of the morning-after and week-after birth control pills are tantamount to abortion because they prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in a woman's womb," CBS.com reports. This is the largest corporation to file suit against the mandate. It has, however, been denied.
Churches and religious institutions and corporations have been given a reprieve from these particular mandates, but not businesses. A government attorney said that the drugs "do not cause abortions," and that the U.S. "has a compelling interest in mandating insurance coverage for them."
The Green family who founded Hobby Lobby face a $1.3 million daily fine, beginning Jan. 1, if they ignore the law. It is reported that they plan to appeal.
Should businesses founded on religious principles also be required to comply with this mandate or, like churches and religious organizations, should exclusions apply in such cases?