The Hobby Lobby retail store company has gone to court to fight the controversial federal mandate on contraception. The craft and hobby store chain, which operates several stores in Kentucky, is the latest in a series of organizations to challenge the Health and Human Services mandate.
Hobby Lobby operates more than 500 stores in 41 states. The company describes itself as a Christian-owned and operated business that maintains it should not be forced to cover the cost of contraception drugs or sterilization practices in health insurance policies.
The Obama Administration’s contraception mandate plan has drawn criticism from several Catholic dioceses and the University of Notre Dame, but the Administration defends its revised plan to have health insurers provide cost-free birth control coverage.
The Hobby Lobby suit was filed in U.S. District Court in the Western District of Oklahoma. Hobby Lobby operates retail outlets across Kentucky, including sites in Somerset, Owensboro, Bowling Green, Louisville, and Richmond.