Welcome to Obamaland where our inalienable rights are being gradually degraded. Now that President Obama needs never to curry electoral favor again will government’s grasping overreach soon strangle a successful arts-and-crafts company?
“We’re just going to have to cross that bridge when we come to it,” says attorney Kyle Duncan of the Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty. Mr. Duncan represents Hobby Lobby, a family-owned retail chain risking severe penalties for putting principles before profits. Limited self-government descends into tyranny.
Hobby Lobby faces looming fines of up to $1.3 million per day for refusing to abide a spurious provision of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. Hobby Lobby’s owners object to being forced to finance certain drugs, Plan B and Ella (or the “morning-after” and “week-after” pills), which the FDA notes can terminate pregnancy after conception “by preventing attachment (implantation) to the womb (uterus).”
Mr. Duncan clarified, “The company will continue to provide health insurance to all qualified employees. To remain true to their faith, it is not their intention, as a company, to pay for abortion-inducing drugs.” A request for an emergency injunction filtered to the Supreme Court while appeals pended. Justice Sonia Sotomayor blocked the motion. Hobby Lobby’s owners must violate conscience or incur Washington’s wrath while the matter matriculates through the courts.