An Oklahoma City judge listened to both sides Thursday in the case involving Hobby Lobby who wants to block enforcement of part of a new health care law, which would require them to cover insurance costs for the morning-after pill and the week-after pill.
According to our sister station in OKC, while there was no decision today the judge will look over both sides arguments and make a decision soon. He set no time frame for his decision.
Lawyers for the Oklahoma-based Hobby Lobby Stores say the federal law is unconstitutional and violates the company's owners' religious beliefs by forcing them to fund the pills, which they say effectively cause an abortion. The company says failure to provide such insurance could lead to fines of up to $1.3 million a day.
Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner also pledged his support for Hobby Lobby's refusal of the provision.
"My firm belief is that employers should not be required to provide coverage for items that they object to based on religious positions," said Doak. "This is regardless of being a for-profit, secular corporation or being a privately-owned business or association."
Commissioner Doak has been a fierce opponent of the Affordable Care Act in its entirety since its inception.
The U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City is scheduled to hear the company's arguments in favor of an injunction Thursday.
The government says Hobby Lobby is a secular employer that by definition does not exercise religion.
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