Hobby Lobby must cover morning-after pill, judge rules

The arts and crafts store argued that including emergency contraceptives in its health care plan would violate the owners’ religious beliefs

Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. has until Jan. 1 to include emergency contraceptives in its health care plan, after a federal judge rejected the company’s efforts to block part of President Obama’s health care law.

The Oklahoma-based arts and crafts store filed suit in September, arguing that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) violates its religious beliefs by requiring employers to cover emergency contraception such as the morning-after  and week-after pills.

Alanna Byrne

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