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Attorney: Hobby Lobby won't offer morning-after pill

Thursday - 12/27/2012, 10:40pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- An attorney for Hobby Lobby Stores says the arts and crafts chain won't provide the morning-after and week-after pills in its employee insurance plan when the health care mandate takes effect Jan. 1, risking potential fines of $1.3 million a day.

Becket Fund attorney Kyle Duncan says Hobby Lobby's Christian owners consider the emergency contraceptives tantamount to abortion because they can prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in a woman's womb. He says, "To remain true to their faith, it is not their intention, as a company, to pay for abortion-inducing drugs." Attorneys for the government have said the drugs do not cause abortions and that the U.S. has a compelling interest in mandating insurance coverage for them.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor denied Hobby Lobby's emergency request to block enforcement of the mandate, but said the company may continue its appeal in lower courts. Duncan said the company will do so, but won't provide all the contraceptives the law requires.

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215-a-11-(Kyle Duncan, general counsel, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, in AP interview)-"abortion inducing drugs"-Kyle Duncan, general counsel, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, says Hobby Lobby won't provide its employees with the Plan B and Ella emergency contraceptives despite the mandate taking effect Jan. 1. (27 Dec 2012)

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217-a-12-(Kyle Duncan, general counsel, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, in AP interview)-"under the law"-Kyle Duncan, general counsel, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, says Hobby Lobby Stores face fines of $1.3 million a day for refusing to supply all of the contraceptives the mandate requires. (27 Dec 2012)

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216-a-07-(Kyle Duncan, general counsel, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, in AP interview)-"week-after pill Ella"-Kyle Duncan, general counsel, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, says Hobby Lobby cannot provide all the contraceptives the health care mandate requires. (27 Dec 2012)

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218-a-09-(Kyle Duncan, general counsel, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, in AP interview)-"faith, it's unprecedented"-Kyle Duncan, general counsel, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, says fines of $1.3 million a day could begin next Tuesday. (27 Dec 2012)

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