Christian-oriented Hobby Lobby Stores has filed a federal lawsuit over a mandate in the health reform law that requires employers to provide coverage for the morning-after pill. The Oklahoma City-based chain sued Wednesday in federal court, claiming the government is forcing the business owners to "violate their own faith." They are seeking an injunction to stop the mandate from impacting them in 2013. Founder and CEO David Green says as a biblically-founded business, they don’t believe in providing the morning after pill in their insurance plan. Green says they could be fined more than one-million-dollars a day for not complying with the law. The preventative services mandate took effect August 1st but won’t impact Hobby Lobby until their insurance renewal date January 1st. The chain operates 514 stores nationwide, including Cape, Carbondale, and Paducah. There are now 27 such lawsuits nationwide challenging this policy.
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