Hobby Lobby Urges High Court To Block Contraception Rule

Law360, Washington (February 10, 2014, 6:12 PM EST) -- Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. on Monday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to block the Affordable Care Act's so-called contraception mandate from applying to itself and other for-profit businesses with "deeply held" religious beliefs, arguing the law violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The mandate — which requires companies with more than 50 employees to provide female employees covered by a company health plan with specified contraceptive coverage at no cost, or face financial penalties — fails to satisfy the RFRA's requirements that any government burden placed on the exercise of religion must show a compelling interest and be done in the least...

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