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Court Rules Hobby Lobby Must Offer Birth Control, or Face Fines
A federal court denied Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.'s request for a preliminary injunction against offering health insurance coverage of "morning after pill" and "week after pill." Attorneys for the company plan to appeal this decision.
Without the injunction, Hobby Lobby will have to pay fines up to $1.3 million dollars a day beginning in January if it does not provide the pills, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty said.
"That is obviously unacceptable. That obviously puts Hobby Lobby in an impossible situation. It puts extreme pressure on Hobby Lobby to violate it's religious faith," Kyle Duncan, the general counsel for the Becket Fund said.
Hobby Lobby filed a lawsuit against the section of the Affordable Care Act in September that mandates coverage of "abortion pills," citing the religious beliefs of the Green family, which owns it.
"The court found that the burden on the beliefs was quote, unquote indirect, because the Green family according to the court, shouldn't feel substantially burdened by... simply making something available to its employees who may or may not purchase, with insurance [the] drugs," Duncan said. "What we've said all along is the Green's object to facilitating this kinds of drugs."
Duncan said other courts have approved injunction brought by other religious groups on the same subject.
Posted: Monday, November 19 2012, 09:35 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Business recovery center to open in Okla.
May 24, 2013 11:52 GMT
MOORE, Okla. (AP) -- Owners of businesses damaged or destroyed by a tornado at Moore can seek government assistance to help them stay afloat.
The U.S. Small Business Administration's recovery center was scheduled to open Friday morning at the Moore Norman Technology Center's South Penn Campus.
Oklahoma Small Business Development Center Director Bill Carter says counselors will be on hand to help business owners overcome the effects of the tornado that tore through Moore this week.
He says no appointments are needed and all services offered by the center are free.
Businesses of any kind can also apply to the SBA for low-interest disaster loans of up to $2 million to repair or replace damage to property, equipment and other expenses.
Monday's storm killed 24, including 10 children.
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