As Twitchy reported, a federal judge ruled against Hobby Lobby. The judge ruled that Hobby Lobby could not be exempt from the mandates, even though they are a “biblically founded business” that objected to the contraception and abortifacients coverage mandate in the law.

https://twitter.com/shanelapierre/status/271288847378292736

Now, Hobby Lobby is appealing that decision by seeking emergency relief from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

More from The Becket Fund:

WASHINGTON, DC – Following yesterday’s decision denying its motion for preliminary injunction, Hobby Lobby appealed to the federal 10th Circuit Court of Appeals seeking relief from the abortion pill mandate, which forces the Christian-owned-and-operated Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., to provide the “morning-after pill” and “week-after pill” in its health insurance plan or face crippling fines up to $1.3 million per day.

The brief reads in part:

“[I]n less than six weeks, [the Green family] must either violate their faith by covering abortion-causing drugs, or be exposed to severe penalties—including fines of up to $1.3 million per day, annual penalties of about $26 million and exposure to private suits.”

Twitchy will continue to monitor this story and will provide further updates.

  • Hiraghm

    Hobby Lobby could choose to go the way of Hostess, but I suspect the left would think that a good thing…

    • Pater Tempus

      That’s ok….Hobby Town USA and Pat Catan’s will pick up their slack…

  • Hiraghm

    Hobby Lobby could choose to go the way of Hostess, but I suspect the left would think that a good thing…

  • http://moriahjovan.com/talesofdunham Moriah Jovan

    Tyndale House just won this fight, so there is precedence. I don’t know how this will help Hobby Lobby as it goes up the chain, though.

    Problem for me is this: The morning-after pill is available OTC (where birth control pills are not, and HL covers birth control pills). At the very lowest standard, this is equivalent to requiring an employer to cover aspirin. Because of this, I really do not understand the issue here.

    • jana

      Birth control pills often do not prevent conception, but rather prevent the already fertilized egg, which we consider a person, from implanting itself in the womb. What many do not understand is that the pill is an ABORTIFACIENT! If a person is married, it is a grave wrong against the unity of the spouses and the integrity of the marital act to use artificial contraceptives. A woman is only fertile a few days a month, and so simply avoiding intercourse on those fertile days will prevent a child from being concieved, and more importantly, keep the sexual relationship truly unified, honest, and integral to their union.

      • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

        That is YOUR opinion.
        I DON’T want a kid, so I’m going to do everything I can to prevent conception, even having my Husband use condoms. (Yes, I was on the pill for over a year due to ovarian cysts.) The rhythm method doesn’t always work and I want to be 99.9% (I wish 100%) sure there will be no children. We have a good marriage and are very close and HONEST. If what you described above is how you conduct your marriage, fine, but that isn’t how I wish to conduct mine. I’m sure others will agree with me on that with their own marriages.

        • jana

          Words have meaning, but actions also carry meaning. When a married couple give themselves to each other physically,the act itself us a very real expression of unity, and to place barriers, physically or otherwise, is intrinsically contradictory. It is a type of disunity or dishonesty, not with words, but with actions. It says, “I give myself to you, and I accept you completely, but not really, because I don’t accept you that completely. I want to keep the pleasure part but not the unity.” Thus is not a conscious lie to the other. It is built in to the act itself, and often quite unintended. Rhythm is the old way, but new NFP methods, such as Symptom-thermal and other varieties are more effective than the pill, and they allow the couple to have a truly meaningful, open, integral sex life. What’s the difference between avoiding pregnancy by avoiding sex during fertile days and avoiding it by contraception? It’s like the difference between having a conversation or not having one, versus having a conversation with earplugs on.

          • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

            That is your opinion. Don’t push your beliefs on other people, it’s rude and offensive, and makes you sound like a moon bat.

            In the words of my Husband after I read your posts to him, “I don’t give a **** what she thinks, she should mind her own business, and not presume to know what intimate connection we or any other couple have. I’m deeply offended.”

            There’s more to marriage than sex, I hope you one day find what my Husband and I have, a connection that goes beyond the flesh.

            Also, your “new” method still isn’t a good method as sperm stays in the body for up to 72+ hours after sexual intercourse. Ovulation can occur within that time and conception can then take place. Temperature also isn’t reliable as the body changes degrees due to a variety of reasons. Ovulation tests are expensive and hit or miss. BC is cheaper. The only method that works almost fool proof without artificial means is the man pulling out. And now I’m done talking to you. Good day.

          • jana

            When deciding how to live, it is helpful to look at what a thing is for, what it does best, and what only it can do. With a piano, you look at it and it is clearly designed to make music. You could use it as a table, or as firewood, or whatever you want, but its purpose is to make music. Marriage is a lifelong union of man and woman that is for the purpose of the procreation and education of children. You could decide to marry for something else, like emotional security or whatever you like, but the institution of marriage has always been to make families. This is the design of nature, of civilization, and, far from being my own opinion, is the teaching of the Catholic Church and of every other Christian church until the 1930s when the Episcopal church voted that artificial birth control was acceptable for married couples.0

          • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

            Don’t push your beliefs and opinions on others, and don’t judge people.

          • jana

            This was originally a response to a question about the difference between funding aspirin and funding birth control. I do not know whether the Hobby Lobby owners object to funding the pill simply because it is an abortifacient or because artificial contraception itself is against their beliefs. If they do object to funding contraception as such, then the above comments were an attempt to explain why. There is no judging or forcing or coercing going on here, just an answer to a question that I thought was sincere about what’s the difference between paying for aspirin and paying for the pill. In all the media coverage about this issue, the reasons why the Catholic Church objects to funding the pill have never been discussed. Maybe this is why people find this strange, or laughable, or even offensive. There is so much more to it than what is written here. It is hard to talk about it with any degree of objectivity because the whole concept becomes about rights and judging and it’s hard to just stick to the facts, and argue against those facts, rather that move to insults or accusations. Stating reasons for holding something to be true is not coercing, or judging, or being nosy, or writing rules for people. Argue against what I said, great! Let’s have at it! But it need not be taken as a judgement.

          • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

            You launched in with your beliefs and whatnot, totally straying from the topic. You should have said “this is my opinion” instead of acting holier than thou. Not a very good Christian attitude.

          • jana

            Those beliefs are the official teaching of the Catholic Church in shorthand, beliefs that are still shared by many other Christians, and it may (I can not be sure) be also the beliefs of the Hobby Lobbyers. Just putting it out there so that people could be informed about why anyone would object to birth control. If you are not a relativist, you are familiar with the concept of something being either true or not. We are all able to handle a lively and honest exchange of ideas without all the tiptoeing around. You seem to be familiar with that concept, and have not been hesitant to be quite forthright. It ought not to offend anyone.

          • jana

            Those beliefs are the official teaching of the Catholic Church in shorthand, beliefs that are still shared by many other Christians, and it may (I can not be sure) be also the beliefs of the Hobby Lobbyers. Just putting it out there so that people could be informed about why anyone would object to birth control. If you are not a relativist, you are familiar with the concept of something being either true or not. We are all able to handle a lively and honest exchange of ideas without all the tiptoeing around. You seem to be familiar with that concept, and have not been hesitant to be quite forthright. It ought not to offend anyone.

          • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

            You launched in with your beliefs and whatnot, totally straying from the topic. You should have said “this is my opinion” instead of acting holier than thou. Not a very good Christian attitude.

          • Pater Tempus

            ” Don’t push your beliefs and opinions on others, and don’t judge people.”

            Holy hypocrisy, Batman……even conservatives don’t like conservatism foisted off on them. Try leading by example…

          • http://moriahjovan.com/talesofdunham Moriah Jovan

            Jana, it is not your place to dictate how others live their lives.

            Just as you don’t want liberals reaching in your pocket to fund things you don’t agree with, don’t attempt to peer into other people’s bedrooms to write rules for their conduct. You are just as guilty of wanting to take away others’ freedoms as liberals.

            It’s not your business. Butt out.

          • jana

            When deciding how to live, it is helpful to look at what a thing is for, what it does best, and what only it can do. With a piano, you look at it and it is clearly designed to make music. You could use it as a table, or as firewood, or whatever you want, but its purpose is to make music. Marriage is a lifelong union of man and woman that is for the purpose of the procreation and education of children. You could decide to marry for something else, like emotional security or whatever you like, but the institution of marriage has always been to make families. This is the design of nature, of civilization, and, far from being my own opinion, is the teaching of the Catholic Church and of every other Christian church until the 1930s when the Episcopal church voted that artificial birth control was acceptable for married couples.

          • http://moriahjovan.com/talesofdunham Moriah Jovan

            “…the institution of marriage has always been to make families.”

            Wrong. To make sons.

            The institution of marriage has been to commingle resources in the form of food, shelter, property, alliances, power, armies, AND THEN to ensure the bloodline to keep all those things within the patriarchy–in the form of sons.

            The women (and their wombs) were property, just like the dower lands they brought to the political union. Vessels for the bearing of an heir and a spare.

            Methinks there’s a romanticized view of the past going around.

          • jana

            This is no doubt true of certain classes and certain cultures and certain times, but when we speak of the nature of a thing, we mean something that goes beyond cultures or classes. If they are healthy and not intervening to the contrary, a husband and a wife together will make babies, and nature decides that the ratio of male to female children is just about equal. The complementarity of man and woman is a biological and psychological fact of nature. And so is the good of motherhood and fatherhood. Regimes and institutions and customs of various cultures can distort and twist and utilize this for profit or status, and they have done so for centuries. This new century just brings a new twist. This time, the women see their repression as freedom. In both cases, both men and women lose.

          • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

            Apparently Jana’s never read a history book or a historical romance novel. Even Christians practiced what you stated from 1000 AD to 1900 AD if not before in parts of Europe, namely England.

          • jana

            Nothing new about people behaving contrary to their Christian beliefs. Sometimes it’s ignorance, sometimes weakness, and sometimes outright hypocrisy, but sadly,it has always and will always happen. Setting forth the doctrine will obviously cause people to notice the difference between the ideal and the reality. It is still good to know the doctrine.

          • jana

            Nothing new about people behaving contrary to their Christian beliefs. Sometimes it’s ignorance, sometimes weakness, and sometimes outright hypocrisy, but sadly,it has always and will always happen. Setting forth the doctrine will obviously cause people to notice the difference between the ideal and the reality. It is still good to know the doctrine.

          • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

            Apparently Jana’s never read a history book or a historical romance novel. Even Christians practiced what you stated from 1000 AD to 1900 AD if not before in parts of Europe, namely England.

    • Turning Leaves

      Different Circuit, this will have to be bumped up to the Supremes. As I hear it there have been 5 decisions on this issue by US District Courts so far in a number of different Circuits, and injunctions have been granted in 3 cases and denied in 2.

      • http://moriahjovan.com/talesofdunham Moriah Jovan

        That’s what I thought, but still, I can’t figure out why the government hasn’t lost simply on the grounds that it’s an OTC medication.

    • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

      Morality is the issue. They don’t want to have to cover abortion pills.

      • http://moriahjovan.com/talesofdunham Moriah Jovan

        Please read what I said.

        I don’t understand the issue the government has with forcing people to cover this, considering it’s an over-the-counter medication.

        Hobby Lobby is well within its rights to protest it on any grounds it wants to, but the easiest argument is, why should the government force it to cover an OTC medication?

        • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

          Oh oh, sorry. :-) I agree.

          • http://moriahjovan.com/talesofdunham Moriah Jovan

            No worries! I tend to be abrupt and single-minded when commenting and I’m not a regular here.

            Yet. 😉

          • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

            Why not be abrupt and single minded? It gets to the point without a lot of fluff. If someone (like me) misreads your post, it’s not your fault! Hope to see you around more! <3

          • http://moriahjovan.com/talesofdunham Moriah Jovan

            Well, of course it’s not my fault. Why can’t you read my MIND?!?!?! *snerk*

          • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

            Maybe we need some Borg neural links. Haha. *nerd*

          • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

            Maybe we need some Borg neural links. Haha. *nerd*

  • Right Wired

    They should charge $9,000 extra per year for contraceptive coverage.

  • http://ConservativeMom.net/ LoriGirl

    And yet muslims are exempt from the AHCA (page 107).

    • digitalPimple

      If that’s true that is just insane.

    • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

      Double standards.. Then again, why am I surprised? The Preezy is Muslim. It only makes sense he’d make sure they got exempt from whatever went against their beliefs.

      • Pater Tempus

        Wow….and here I thought you were one of the saner ones. By what lunacy do you believe the president is a Muslim?

        • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

          Oh I am sane, I don’t suffer from your Liberophrenia where you believe anything and everything the Preezy says and does. You are so gullible, it’s extremely funny. He lived in Indonesia as a child by his own admission; Indonesia is a Muslim country. He attended a Muslim school there. Presently, he always leans toward the Muslim side of things, he even supports the Muslim Brotherhood with our tax dollars. He canceled maneuvers with Israel in favor of Egypt. Which is unprecedented. He practically refused to meet with PM Netanyahu until he had no choice, but did it over the phone, yet he met with Iran’s leader in the U.S. with no problems. He supports Morsi who is of the Muslim Brotherhood.
          “The future shall not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.” You really do lack the brain cells necessary not to be a sheep.

          • Pater Tempus

            “He lived in Indonesia as a child by his own admission; Indonesia is a Muslim country. He attended a Muslim school there.”

            So THIS this is what passes for evidence in your so-called mind that he’s a Muslim? I guess I seriously over-estimated you…..please excuse me whilst I laugh in your face.

            In World War 2, Roosevelt and Truman supported Josef Stalin. Did that make them communists or Soviet sympathizers? Obama and Netanyahu personally dislike each other, but in the recent skirmish between Israel and Hamas, your president gave unwavering support to the Israeli PM. As for Morsi, he is the duly-elected president of Egypt…..what was the president supposed to do? Not recognize his position?

            Pull your head out of your ass and seek treatment for your Obama Derangement Syndrome……the air will be fresher and the truth much less difficult to absorb.

          • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

            You’re such a sheep. lol It’s okay that you suffer from Liberophrenia and can’t absorb knowledge or what is really happening in the real world outside of your mental disease.

          • Pater Tempus

            ‘S matter, Elle……can’t deny what I say, so you resort to name-calling? Seriously….what are you, like eight?

          • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

            I never called anyone a name. My post before yours was all the truth that need be said. Your post was just a Liberal justifying his delusions, therefore that does make you a sheep. Therefore, I stick by what I said.

          • Pater Tempus

            “Therefore, I stick by what I said.”

            Lunatics generally do. In the meantime, I eagerly await your evidence that the president is a Muslim. You’ll have to do better than he spent time in a Muslim country and attended a Muslim school as a child…..much better.

    • Purple State

      Here’s p. 107. Can’t find the Muslim part…

      (5) EXEMPTIONS FROM INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY REQUIREMENTS.—In the case of an individual who is seeking an exemption certificate under section 1311(d)(4)(H) from any requirement or penalty imposed by section 5000A, the following information:

      (A) In the case of an individual seeking exemption based on the individual’s status as a member of an exempt religious sect or division, as a member of a health care sharing ministry, as an Indian, or as an individual eligible for a hardship exemption, such information as the Secretary shall prescribe.

    • Purple State

      Here’s p. 107. Can’t find the Muslim part…

      (5) EXEMPTIONS FROM INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY REQUIREMENTS.—In the case of an individual who is seeking an exemption certificate under section 1311(d)(4)(H) from any requirement or penalty imposed by section 5000A, the following information:

      (A) In the case of an individual seeking exemption based on the individual’s status as a member of an exempt religious sect or division, as a member of a health care sharing ministry, as an Indian, or as an individual eligible for a hardship exemption, such information as the Secretary shall prescribe.

  • MrsSpooky

    Forgive me for parading my ignorance, but doesn’t the company have the option of dropping healthcare benefits? If they did, the solution would be simple – drop their healthcare benefits, and the funds per employee that was being paid for it could be added to the employees’ paychecks so they can purchase their own. Or is that not (yet) an option?

    • digitalPimple

      Nope. No longer an option in this bill.

    • Andrew

      I believe that under ObamaCare that employers with over 50 employees must provide insurance or be fined $2000 per employee per year.

      • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

        You’re correct.

      • MrsSpooky

        They DO have the option though, of converting more employees to part time – or at least reduce hours enough so they don’t have to be covered (until the imperial overlords decided to change that). That would be a terrible thing for the employees, but to not have to pay for contraception and abortion coverage, that may be the only way out of it. I don’t have a high degree of confidence in the courts doing the right thing.

        • digitalPimple

          This is exactly why government has no business in the affairs of private business and why business is collapsing in the country. Obamacare simply is bad policy and a horrible idea that simply works for nobody. They choose to ignore anyone that questioned it and forced it through anyway. There was smaller steps that could achieve the goals but this was what their president wanted even when he campaigned against the mandate.

          It simply doesn’t work, and as an American I will take jail time before complying with anything to do with this bill. I mean that truly.

        • digitalPimple

          This is exactly why government has no business in the affairs of private business and why business is collapsing in the country. Obamacare simply is bad policy and a horrible idea that simply works for nobody. They choose to ignore anyone that questioned it and forced it through anyway. There was smaller steps that could achieve the goals but this was what their president wanted even when he campaigned against the mandate.

          It simply doesn’t work, and as an American I will take jail time before complying with anything to do with this bill. I mean that truly.

  • digitalPimple

    Judge: Hobby Lobby has no constitutional right to the free exercise of religion <— That is fucking scary. Everyone should have that right. People died for that right. Whether I agree with Hobby Lobby or not.
    I shop Hobby for artist supplies. Going to stock up and buy the kids a butch of things before they get smeared by the left to no end. Nothing but good things about their stores. Have the best stuff great fair prices.
    A real loss if they must close down but I can understand if they do. I would.

    • Purple State

      Hobby Lobby may be owned by Christians but it isn’t a religious organization. It’s a for-profit corporation.

      • digitalPimple

        Never mind. Why waste any more time on people like.

      • mabelee

        So if you make money you have to sell your soul to the devil? You are an ass.

      • Shawn Smith

        So what you’re saying is that as soon as you start a business, you surrender your right to exercise your conscience to the government.

        In other words, if I wanted to start a business, the government could legally require me to worship the angel Moroni? Is that what you’re saying?

        Or perhaps that’s a little to direct. Instead, the government could require me to provide ham and beef sandwiches for all of my employees, regardless of whether I’m Jewish or Hindu. Would that be acceptable?

        There’s no moral principle that justifies this, only “ends justifies the means.”

  • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

    Welcome to the slow implementation of Socialism.

  • GaryTheBrave

    The fine is something they can argue against. The Constitution forbids excessive penalties.

  • Purple State

    The medications covered by this mandate are not abortifacients.

    • Turning Leaves

      Some of the medications covered by this mandate are, or can be used as, abortifacients.

    • Pater Tempus

      Purple State:

      Noble though your efforts may be, you are attempting to reason with the sort of folks who consider a fertilized egg to be a person.

      It’s just not going to work….

      • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

        “Noble though your efforts may be, you are attempting to reason with the sort of folks who consider a fertilized egg to be a person.”

        I still don’t consider you to be a person. *troll face* (I just had to say it. You walked right into that by posting what you did.)

        By the way, maybe you should Google “abortion” and look at the images. You’ll change your mind on 2-9 months abortion. It’s grisly.

        • Pater Tempus

          If you find abortion to be a “grisly” procedure, then the solution is even simpler than your simple little mind…..don’t have one. Thanks to liberals, there is still
          freedom of choice in this country.

      • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

        “Noble though your efforts may be, you are attempting to reason with the sort of folks who consider a fertilized egg to be a person.”

        I still don’t consider you to be a person. *troll face* (I just had to say it. You walked right into that by posting what you did.)

        By the way, maybe you should Google “abortion” and look at the images. You’ll change your mind on 2-9 months abortion. It’s grisly.

  • scubaski00

    All the more resin to shop at hobby lobby!! If this keeps up ill never have to wait inine at any of my favorite establishments…and they’ll be liberal free!! What more could a girl want??