Despite the Supreme Court having ruled the individual mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act constitutional, legal challenges to the federal health care law continue, especially involving the contraceptive mandate.
Yet, this week marked the first lawsuit against the mandate from a “private, non-Catholic-owned organization.”
Hobby Lobby, a popular arts & crafts retail chain, filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. A “Christian-owned-and-operated” business, Hobby Lobby is also challenging the mandate on the basis of conscience, because it would be required to provide the “morning after” and “week after” pill to employees.
According to Hobby Lobby CEO and Founder David Green, the company was started from a Christian foundation, and it cannot be forced to abandon those principles.
By being required to make a choice between sacrificing our faith or paying millions of dollars in fines, we essentially must choose which poison pill to swallow. We simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs to comply with this mandate.
With Hobby Lobby’s action, it forces the question of whether similarly founded and operated organizations will follow, such as the popular clothing store Forever 21, which features John 3:16 on every shopping bag or even Chick-Fil-A, which has already proven to not be afraid of speaking publicly about its religious convictions.
There are currently 28 separate lawsuits against the contraceptive mandate, and Heartland will continue to track them as they progress.