Breaking: SCOTUS denies Hobby Lobby request for injunction agst HHS contraception mandate—
Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) December 26, 2012
As Twitchy reported in November, arts and crafts store Hobby Lobby had turned to the courts to challenge language in Obamacare that mandates that employers provide contraceptive coverage. A U.S. District Judge had ruled that, because Hobby Lobby was not a religious organization but a for-profit business, it was not exempt from Obamacare’s requirement to provide morning-after and week-after birth control pills as well as some intrauterine contraceptive devices.
Today, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor declined to grant an injunction to Hobby Lobby and to another business, Christian bookstore Mardel. The businesses say they face devastating fines if they do not provide contraceptive coverage beginning Jan. 1, but that wasn’t enough to sway the court.
In part, Sotomayor wrote that, “while the applicants allege they will face irreparable harm if they are forced to choose between complying with the contraception-coverage requirement and paying significant fines, they cannot show that an injunction is necessary or appropriate.”
We were assured that we’d like Obamacare once we found out what was in it, but not everyone’s happy about the government’s expanded authority to mandate coverage.