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Hobby Lobby asks Supreme Court to take up case

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Lawyers for Hobby Lobby have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the company’s lawsuit against a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) preventive services mandate regulation.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requires non-grandfathered individual and group plans to cover a package of basic preventive services without imposing co-payments, deductibles or other out-of-pocket costs on the insureds.

HHS has said that the basic preventive services package must include birth control services and products, including access to the morning-after-pill. The pill keeps a fertilized egg from implanting itself in the uterus.

Hobby Lobby says the morning-after-pill coverage requirement violates the conscience of the company’s owners, the Green family.

In July, U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton granted the Hobby Lobby craft store chain and its sister company, Mardel Christian bookstore, a temporary exemption from a requirement that it provide insurance coverage for morning-after pills, similar emergency birth control methods and intrauterine devices.

HHS in September filed a notice in federal court saying it would appeal that decision.

Now lawyers for the Green family are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the case because of what they say are conflicting decisions by other courts regarding religious freedom.

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