Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor reportedly denied a request from the Christian-owned Hobby Lobby Stores to block enforcement of the HHS mandate that requires employers to provide insurance coverage for abortifacients.
Hobby Lobby Stores argued that the mandate violates the religious beliefs of its owners.
In her opinion, Sotomayor wrote that Hobby Lobby’s argument did not meet the legal standard for blocking the requirement on an emergency basis. She did say, however, that the company’s lawsuit may continue in the lower courts.
Company officials say they must decide whether to violate their faith or pay exorbitant fines if they ignore the law.
Several Catholic colleges are suing the administration on similar grounds that the mandate violates religious liberty including The University of Notre Dame, Aquinas College, The Catholic University of America, Belmont Abbey College, Ave Maria University, The Franciscan University of Steubenville and the University of St. Francis.
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