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Hobby Lobby To Deny Contraception To Employees, Ignoring Court Order

12:11 pm - 12/29/2012
Craft store chain Hobby Lobby announced on Friday that it will ignore the ruling of U.S. courts and refuse to provide copay-free birth control access to its employees. It will do so despite whatever costs it may incur, even if they are higher than the cost of birth control itself.

Upon learning that Obamacare required employers and insurance companies to provide birth control with no cost to employees, Hobby Lobby sued, saying that, despite the secular nature of the business, the company’s owner’s religious objections should be taken into consideration. When a court denied that line of reasoning, Hobby Lobby took its grievances to the Supreme Court and asked for an injunction. The highest court in the land denied that request, telling Hobby Lobby that it must allow its employees access to birth control as it seeks further litigation.

But Hobby Lobby is saying no.

The store plans to ignore the provision anyway, opting to pay a fine instead of provide birth control, including the morning after pill commonly known as Plan B, which the owner feels goes against his personal religious values:

With Wednesday’s rejection of an emergency stay of that federal health care law by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Hobby Lobby and sister company Mardel could be subject to fines of up to $1.3 million a day beginning Tuesday.

“They’re not going to comply with the mandate,” said Kyle Duncan, general counsel of The Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty, which is representing the company. “They’re not going to offer coverage for abortion-inducing drugs in the insurance plan.”

As for the potential fines, Duncan said, “We’re just going to have to cross that bridge when we come to it.”

This ignores two obvious points — first, that Plan B is not an ‘abortion-inducing’ drug, as Hobby Lobby claims, and second, that the company may well end up paying more to avoid covering contraception than they would simply providing access. It also takes a twisted view on the ‘Freedom of Religion’ argument; the company is actually forcing its owner’s religious beliefs on all employees, no matter their personal religious views.

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archanglrobriel 29th-Dec-2012 05:31 pm (UTC)
Well good thinking Hobby Lobby - let's see how long your company can stay afloat while hemmoraging millions of dollars on a daily basis. Hey Hobby Lobby, you remember what hemmoraging is right? That's what happens to women when you make safe abortions and alternatives like the Plan B drug inaccessible to the women who need it.

I hope they start circling the drain in short order. I don't know that there's a company that could stand a siphon of over $365 million dollars a year and still keep the lights on. I'm going to be curious to see how long their "moral principles" will hold out once it becomes clear that this move is going to chuck their company into the dustbin. Not to mention seeing how far they get once they can no longer afford to pay their lawyers.
tabaqui 29th-Dec-2012 05:45 pm (UTC)
Hope they go out of business. Screw this jackass.
xo_bumblebee 29th-Dec-2012 05:49 pm (UTC)
Yep and a bunch of people will probably quit. I know I would.
bellichka 29th-Dec-2012 05:51 pm (UTC)
UGH, Hobby Lobby, WHY are you the only place nearby that sells some of my craft supplies??? Looks like I'll be ordering online now.
bellichka 29th-Dec-2012 06:00 pm (UTC)
Annnnnd, email of disappointment informing them that I will no longer be patronizing their store.... sent.
oceandezignz 29th-Dec-2012 05:58 pm (UTC)
I feel blessed to not have to use Hobby Lobby for my craft supply purchases, as I have Michaels, JoAnns and Blick.

But fuck I'd love to walk into one of their stores at be all "SEE YA FUCKERS YOU'RE ON YOUR WAY OUT"

Of course this also solidifies my feelings that we need to drop "birth control" as the common name. "Period Regulator" or "Rag Stopper" "Ovulation Inhibitor" - anything but "birth control" because stupid folks like this just automatically see the BIRTH part and just assume it to be ABORTION.
kagehikario 29th-Dec-2012 06:39 pm (UTC)
I like this idea. I think a more clinical term that is inclusive of all the non-reproductive medical uses would be a good move.

That said, there should be NOTHING WRONG with medication to regulate your own reproductive system. I hate the idea of throwing the issue of sexual agency under the bus to negotiate with controlling assholes and convince them to stop fighting against access to basic medical services.
cozmic_oceanz 29th-Dec-2012 05:59 pm (UTC)
Wow, I don't throw around this word easily, but what utter idiots.
cinnamontoast 29th-Dec-2012 05:59 pm (UTC)
Glad I have local craft shops where I can shop. Never setting foot in a Hobby Lobby is something I'm very proud of.
peace_piper 30th-Dec-2012 07:24 am (UTC)
I know right? I've lived in small towns for the past five years, never heard or seen a Hobby Lobby.
moonbladem 29th-Dec-2012 06:09 pm (UTC)
Go ahead and go bankrupt... no skin off my nose.
executivehpfan 29th-Dec-2012 06:23 pm (UTC)
Fuck this place.
simply_blah 29th-Dec-2012 06:27 pm (UTC)
Not that they aren't complete and total jackasses, they are, but how would they know? Did I miss that?
quixotic_coffee 29th-Dec-2012 06:27 pm (UTC)
What a dumb ass. Does this guy's hatred for Obama and/or his wanting to make it as hard as possible for women to get b/c mean so much to him that he'll ruin his business and take his employees down with him?
jocelyncs 29th-Dec-2012 07:00 pm (UTC)
In a word: yes.
effervescent 29th-Dec-2012 06:30 pm (UTC)
Ugh, I ran across an entry elsewhere on LJ yesterday where someone was saying that they hope that Hobby Lobby sticks to their guns on this and that other companies follow their example. Because religious freedom, or whatever. Which makes me fume, because this is a large corporation, not one person! How does religious freedom even apply to a large business? I hate the arguments that a pharmacist can refuse treatment to a woman, for example, but I at least see the reasoning behind the argument because it's just one person. (Don't get me wrong, I still disagree, I'm just saying that I understand the argument they use in their defense.)

But just because the company was started by a religious person doesn't mean that everyone employed by them should be held to the same standard or religious expectations. That's forcing their religious beliefs on others, just like the article said. I hope this bankrupts them or they're forced to give in. Contraception is a valid medical treatment and should be treated that way.
thelilyqueen 29th-Dec-2012 06:58 pm (UTC)
To me, a big part of it is this: the compensation I receive -salary and benefits- from working I get to decide how to spend. If this didn't involve women's bodies, there wouldn't even be a debate. Can you imagine the outrage if Hobby Lobby and similar businesses tried to forbid their employees from using their salary to purchase Hindu religious materials because they'd feel like they were condoning idolatry?
kagehikario 29th-Dec-2012 06:32 pm (UTC)
Curious where all this fine money is going to go. Hopefully into public health care and paying for estrogen pills/ hormone regulators! :D (trying out words other than
Birth Controls for a test run...)
anjak_j 29th-Dec-2012 06:37 pm (UTC)
So not surprised by this. I figured some douchewad company would thumb its collective nose and decide to pay fines rather than pay for birth control, in the name of "sticking up for their principles" - even if the latter costs less. I really hope the principles of all decent USians lead them to buying their craft items elsewhere - that and the fines should force Hobby Lobby's asshole owners to either comply and provide birth control, or to sell up.

Just waiting now for a company to outright say it won't hire women to get around the birth control issue... unlikely because of the problems it would cause, but someone outright admitting to misogyny would be refreshing.
lovelokest 29th-Dec-2012 06:41 pm (UTC)
Ugh, I stepped inside a Hobby Lobby Thursday on the way home from work to see about buying a Tunisian crochet hook. Glad I ended up taking my business to JoAnn's.

Part of me wishes I lived on the side of town with two independent yarn stores, but part of me is really glad (namely, the pocketbook part - all those pretty, expensive, yarns just begging to be made into something).
365reasonswhy 29th-Dec-2012 06:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've spent some money in this store before on holiday decor and craft supplies. Won't be doing it anymore.
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