The Obama administration has Christian businesses like Hobby Lobby stuck between a rock and a hard place. Do they violate their consciences and provide contraception and abortifacients in their health insurance policies, do they drop their health insurance policies entirely, or do they simply refuse to comply and risk the huge fines? This is the America we live in, today, thanks to Obama voters who wouldn’t know what a totalitarian regime looked like unless it kicked them in the a$$.
Life News reports:
Following a decision by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor denying Hobby Lobby’s request for an exemption from the Obama administration’s HHS mandate, the Christian retail company said it will defy the mandate.
As LifeNews reported, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has refused to act favorably on an emergency appeal Hobby Lobby stores filed to stop enforcement of the HHS mandate against it.
After a federal court denied a request to temporarily stop enforcement of the abortion pill mandate against the Christian-operated business Hobby Lobby, it took its HHS mandate lawsuit to the Supreme Court. Sotomayor denied its request to block the mandate and the millions of dollars in fines it will be subjected to starting January 1 for not complying.
Sotomayor said Hobby Lobby did not show it met the legal standard for blocking enforcement on an emergency basis, but said the company can continue with its lawsuit in lower court.
Now, an attorney for Hobby Lobby says it will defy the mandate and potentially risk potential fines of up to $1.3 million per day.
Kyle Duncan, an attorney for the pro-life legal group Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, said in a statement that hobby Lobby doesn’t plan to offer its employees insurance that would cover the drug while its lawsuit is pending.
“The company will continue to provide health insurance to all qualified employees,” Duncan said. “To remain true to their faith, it is not their intention, as a company, to pay for abortion-inducing drugs.”
The most recent polling data from December 2012 shows Americans support a religious exemption to the mandate.
So, who wants to hear a rapping priest protest this abomination?
I can see it now – a million Catholic march
Praying on DC – we want to be free
Lift up our arms – not to do harm
But we’ll pray to the Virgin Mary for the family
The gates of hell shall not prevail
The mandate will fail….