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Company lawyer Kyle Duncan said of Americans would consider drugs that prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in the womb an abortifacient.
OKLAHOMA CITY An arts and craft supply company owned by a Christian family asked a judge Thursday to block a portion of the new federal health care law, claiming that mandated coverage for certain birth control violates its religious freedom rights.
Judge Joe Heaton did not rule on the company request for an injunction but noted Hobby Lobby deadline for compliance.
The lawsuit also was filed on behalf of Mardel Inc., another of the family businesses. The bookstore and education company, also based in Oklahoma City, New Balance Womens 411
sells a variety of Christian themed materials. It operates 35 stores in seven states and has 372 full time employees.
Lobby ought to be able to get a narrow exemption, Duncan said.
The company, which is self insured, says it will face a daily $1.3 million fine beginning Jan. 1 if it ignores the law. District New Balance New Era
does raise a lot of new and different issues, he said. not a lot of guidance out there. Department of Health and Human Services mandate that forces all companies, regardless of religious conviction, to provide coverage of drugs that the lawsuit alleges are abortion inducing. The Green family also objects to providing coverage for certain kinds of intrauterine devices that the lawsuit alleges can destroy an embryo by preventing it from implanting in a woman uterus.
Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. owners believe the use of morning after and week after New Balance Yellow And Green birth control pills are tantamount to abortion because they prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in a woman womb. has compelling interest in mandating insurance coverage for them.
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Duncan said the company has no objection to other forms of birth control and includes them in its insurance plan.
But critics of the contraceptive say it is the equivalent of an abortion pill because it can prevent a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus.
In a separate case involving a Detroit area company owned by Roman Catholics, Weingartz Supply Co. on Wednesday won an early round in its lawsuit challenging the health care law mandate requiring contraception coverage. A federal judge blocked the government from taking any action against that company, which sells outdoor power equipment. The company is challenging the contraception mandate on religious grounds.
Hobby Lobby calls itself a founded business and is closed on Sundays, provides spiritual counseling for its employees and does not sell products that are inconsistent with its owners religion. Founded in 1972, the company now operates more than 500 stores in 41 states and employs more than 13,000 full time employees who are eligible for health insurance coverage.
The Green family filed suit in September, saying the law would force them to violate their deeply held religious beliefs under threat of heavy fines, penalties and lawsuits. It claims the mandate is unconstitutional.
The morning after pill works by preventing ovulation or fertilization. In medical terms, pregnancy begins when a fertilized egg attaches itself to the wall of the uterus. If taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, it can reduce a woman chances of pregnancy by as much as 89 percent.
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purpose of these drugs is emergency contraception, Duncan said. don cover pregnancy termination. lawyer Michelle Green New Balance Baseball Cleats
Bennett disagreed and said failing to mandate insurance coverage for the drugs would increase the number of unwanted pregnancies. Bennett said the drugs not terminate pregnancy, and instead prevent one from occurring.
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