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Hobby Lobby case to continue despite Supreme Court’s declining injunction

Hobby Lobby store (photo credit: daysofthundr46 on Flickr)
Hobby Lobby store (photo credit: daysofthundr46 on Flickr)

In an opinion written by Justice Sotomayor issued Wednesday, the Supreme Court of the United States said that it will not be giving Hobby Lobby and Mardel an injunction against the HHS mandate while Hobby Lobby and Mardel argue their case that the mandate is unconstitutional.

However, while an injunction will not be granted, Sotomayor made it clear that the underlying case could continue in the circuit court, even adding that Hobby Lobby could ask the Supreme Court to review the case after the lower courts have entered a final judgment on the matter.

Reasons for not granting the injunction were twofold. First:

This Court has not previously addressed similar RFRA or free exercise claims brought by closely held for-profit corporations and their controlling shareholders alleging that the mandatory provision of certain employee benefits substantially burdens their exercise of religion.

Second, while the applicants allege they will face irreparable harm if they are forced to choose between complying with the contraception-coverage requirement and paying significant fines, they cannot show that an injunction is necessary or appropriate to aid our jurisdiction.

Kyle Duncan, an attorney for the Becket Fund, stated that the case will continue but that Hobby Lobby does not intend to provide abortion-inducing drugs as part of its health insurance policy:

Hobby Lobby will continue their appeal before the Tenth Circuit. The Supreme Court merely decided not to get involved in the case at this time. It left open the possibility of review after their appeal is completed in the Tenth Circuit. 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.

  • Richard

    Imagine debating a pro-abort type person, and while in the midst of impeaching you they cite facts and statistics from THEBLAZE.COM. They proclaim “you are wrong because THEBLAZE.COM says this…”. How would that make you feel as a pro-life person? Would you feel a sense of validation that your position has merit? When the opposition uses your side for reference, you absolutely would.

    Getting to the truth is the most important part of any issue. And if both sides cite the same source, I think we’re in agreement the source is true.

    A contributor to this site,

    Calvin Freiburger

    http://rightcal.blogspot.com/

    while supporting his pro-life position on December 8, 2012, cited the Guttmacher Institute. Here is their most recent video:

    Here is Mr. Freiburger’s quote:

    “Your premise that “women” per se is who we’re talking about is yet another lie, when the truth is that we’re merely talking about one subset of women. Guttmacher says a little less than a quarter of pregnancies end in abortion, and women are often *more* pro-life than men. That means the clear majority of women ARE smart, strong, and just enough to see through the lie and do the right thing. The subset who consider abortion consists of those who either have been lied to by your side about what abortion does and what their baby is, are in circumstances where they’re not thinking clearly, or are so callous that they don’t care that they’re murdering their offspring”.

    Mr. Freiburger has, therefore, decidedly given credibility to the statistics supplied by the Guttmacher Institute, consequently giving it respectability in the eyes of the pro-life movement.

    The next time you are told the elimination of Planned Parenthood is a just act, consider this video…

    Mr. Freiburger gives you his blessing.

    http://www.lifenews.com/2012/12/21/guttmacher-institute-stands-by-misleading-abortion-study/

    http://www.guttmacher.org/

  • First Citizen

    Sign a Petition to support Hobby Lobby & religious liberty. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/stand-with-hobby-lobby/