Hobby Lobby, a Christian-owned company that describes itself as a "biblically founded business, 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," according to CBS.com.
There are 500 Hobby Lobby stores in the U.S., one of which is in Snellville. This is the largest corporation to file suit against the mandate.
Subsequently, the requested that a judge overturn the mandate to businesses that requires them to provide those services in their insurance coverage. Despite the fact that the company considered the requirements objectionable, a judge denied their request.
A government lawyer said that the drugs "do not cause abortions," and that the U.S. "has a compelling interest in mandating insurance coverage for them."
Churches and religious institutions and corporations have been given a reprieve from the mandates, but that is not the case for businesses.
If the Green family, founders of Hobby Lobby, ignore the law, they will face a $1.3 million daily fine starting on Jan. 1.
"It is by God's grace and provision that Hobby Lobby has endured," said David Green, founder and CEO in a statement. "Therefore we seek to honor God by operating the company in a manner consistent with biblical principles."