Hobby Lobby Wins Injunction Against HHS Mandate

by Sterling Beard

Hobby Lobby, a retail chain run by Evangelical Christians, has been given a preliminary injunction against the preventive-services mandate contained in the Affordable Care Act, Reuters reports.

Joe Heaton, U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma, issued the injunction today after hearing arguments Friday. The case has been stayed until October to give the federal government time to appeal.

The injunction means that, for the time being, Hobby Lobby will not be required to provide contraceptive, sterilization, and abortifacient services as mandated by Obamacare.

This is the second court victory for Hobby Lobby in less than a month. In June, the Tenth Circuit reversed Judge Heaton’s denial of an injunction last November, and remanded the case to his district court. In today’s ruling, Heaton finally granted the actual injunction he had previously denied. In late June, before an injunction had been granted, Heaton ruled that Hobby Lobby would not have to pay daily fines for refusing to follow the mandate.

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