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Defying Ombacare will cost $1.3 million per day

Hobby Lobby stores are raising their minimum wage to $10 an hour. 
(Emily Zoladz | The Grand Rapids Press) (Emily Zoladz / The Grand Rapids Press)
Hobby Lobby stores are raising their minimum wage to $10 an hour. (Emily Zoladz | The Grand Rapids Press) (Emily Zoladz / The Grand Rapids Press)

WASHINGTON -- An attorney for Hobby Lobby Stores said Thursday that the arts and crafts chain plans to defy a federal mandate requiring it to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill, despite risking potential fines of up to $1.3 million per day.

Hobby Lobby and religious book-seller Mardel Inc., which are owned by the same conservative Christian family, are suing to block part of the federal health care law that requires employee health-care plans to provide insurance coverage for the morning-after pill and similar emergency contraception pills.

The companies claim the mandate violates the religious beliefs of their owners. They say the morning-after pill is tantamount to abortion because it can prevent a fertilized egg from becoming implanted in a woman's womb. Full story.

Do you admire people who adhere to their beliefs even if you disagree with them?




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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.









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