Hobby Lobby loses appeal of contraception coverage

A district court previously found that secular, for-profit companies had no constitutional right to the free exercise of religion

The 10th Circuit on Thursday denied Hobby Lobby’s request to be exempted from the portion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) that requires employers to provide insurance coverage for emergency contraceptives.

The owners of the arts and crafts retail chain argue that the mandate violates their Christian beliefs. The contraceptives at issue—the “morning after” and “week after” birth control pills—prevent ovulation or fertilization. Because they can keep fertilized eggs from attaching to the uterine wall, Hobby Lobby’s founder David Green says, they are tantamount to abortion.

Alanna Byrne

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