Hobby Lobby wins enormous victory in federal court

I have written previously about Hobby Lobby on this site and about the battle they are waging against Obamacare’s abortion mandate. Today the Christian-owned company has won an enormous victory. A federal court has issued an injunction so that Hobby Lobby will not be required to purchase insurance plans that provide abortion-inducing drugs to their employees. The Obamacare mandate would require them to purchase the coverage or face crippling fines. The federal court says otherwise.

Specifically, the court’s ruling says that the owners’ “rights” are “substantially burdened by the contraceptive-coverage requirement” and that the mandate causes “an irreparable harm” to the company.

“The tide has turned against the HHS mandate,” says Kyle Duncan, General Counsel with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, and lead attorney for Hobby Lobby. You can read more about the news at the website for The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

I think is an encouraging development, but this case is likely going to end up before the Supreme Court. Only then will we know whether the unconstitutional Obamacare mandate will stand once and for all. The Obama administration has already delayed its implementation again until 2015. The mandate seems to be on its heels as it is. Because it’s unlikely that Congress would repeal the law, we’ll only know for sure after the Supreme Court rules.

We’ll be watching this one very closely.

5 Responses to Hobby Lobby wins enormous victory in federal court

  1. Michael Henry July 19, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    “Because it’s unlikely that Congress would repeal the law, we’ll only know for sure after the Supreme Court rules.”

    That is what we as a country and culture have come to. Not whether something serves the greater good, let alone whether it is constitutional, but find a judge who agrees with your position and cross your fingers.

    • Wade Choate July 19, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

      Michael, we have been here for decades…. I remember a Time magazine article and cover from the mid 80’s (I think…could have been early 90’s) that talked about Crybabies and Busybodies, which predicted more of the same.

      There is nothing new under the sun.

      I am glad for Hobby Lobby though. Being able to express your religious freedoms in every area of life is not restricted to Sunday mornings. Unfortunately, many people think that “separation of church and state” means “separation of church and every public discourse no matter what and shut up especially if you talk about sin unless it is politically correct sins then its ok to establish any sort of religion but Christianity”.

    • Brian Warshaw July 20, 2013 at 7:21 am #

      Let’s not forget that the original SCOTUS’ ruling on the mandate involved some “creative thinking”.

  2. Chris Ryan July 19, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

    Just a test. Having trouble posting.

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