Hobby Lobby, a family-owned chain of arts and craft supply’s superstores, including a Rocky Mount location that opened last year, continues to defy a Federal mandate requiring the company provide full contraception coverage, including abortion-inducing drugs (i.e., the “morning after” pill) to its employees.
In late December, Hobby Lobby and religious bookseller Mardel, Inc., both owned by the same evangelical Christian family were denied an injunction against provisions of the Affordable Care Act (i.e., Obamacare) requiring full contraception coverage as part of employer health plans. The owners belief the mandate violates their religious beliefs
As a result, the companies face fines of up to $1.3 million per day for defying the Federal mandate since January 1st of this year. Nevertheless, their owners remain defiant.
“The company will continue to provide health insurance to all qualified employees,” said Kyle Duncan, the attorney representing Hobby Lobby and Mardel. “To remain true to their faith, it is not their intention, as a company, to pay for abortion-inducing drugs.
Former Arkansas Governor and commentator Mike Huckabee is attempting to draw support for Hobby Lobby, encouraging people to visit and buy from Hobby Lobby today, January 5th.
“Hobby Lobby is a respected and very successful business that is privately owned by a family who have sought to honor God in their personal lives and in their business,” Huckabee said in a statement “Their generosity to missions, to the relief of poverty around the world, to Christian education, and to their employees is legendary and exemplifies the kind of business principle that should be applauded and appreciated.”
Hobby Lobby’s Rocky Mount location is at the corner of Sutters Creek Parkway and Jeffries Road, across the street from Target.