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Some crafts -- called the -- He's facing fines of up to one point three million dollars a day baby doesn't offer employees' health coverage that includes access to the morning after pill.
How can the company afford that joining us now is Kyle Duncan he's General Counsel for the Beckett on the -- religious -- Okay no company can pay one point three million dollars a day in fines and survive so they -- the hobby lobby change in.
Are they gonna.
Refuse this morning after pill -- provision.
Well -- -- the green family already provides generous benefits to thousands of their employees.
The government is saying unless you provide this very small subset of emergency contraceptives were going to Levy.
Potentially huge IRS finds against you.
The green family has always exercise their faith.
In their business they close on Sundays even though they lose millions of dollars doing that they do all sorts of things in their business that reflect their faith.
And they -- not about to back down to government pressure to give up their faith what they're doing.
Like over thirty other businesses around the country is they're fighting this in the federal courts under the First Amendment under federal civil rights laws.
And so far the momentum is with business owners they've won in over twenty cases injunctions against this unjust and and constitutional law.
And just recently the entire tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Heard hobby -- case that's an extraordinary thing for court to do.
Eight federal judges heard the case in Denver and we're expecting a decision any day now so it was thankful OK you are saying.
That the federal government is imposing its will on you.
-- being you'll religious principles and your religious practice.
And the federal government cannot do that.
U -- taking them to court.
That's -- and go right and so so the the government's response in these cases is really quite shocking.
Of the government is saying business owners as a class.
Do not have the right to exercise religion under any circumstances in their business this means any business this means a Kosher butcher.
This means -- business of selling and translating bibles and this -- hobby lobby which is known throughout the nation as a Christian owned and operated business.
So the government for the first time is excluding an entire category of Americans from the ability to exercise a core constitutional right imagine if we're talking about speech.
Or imagine if we're talking about the right to resist -- on -- search and seizure.
The government is saying business owners simply because there in the profit making commercial world.
Cannot exercise religion there's no precedent for that.
Okay now you're gonna pursue this obviously because the as a hobby lobby the people of the green comic.
Not gonna back down period not backing down okay you'll pursue it.
-- -- pursuing it in the colts.
-- lenders have closed Monday rolls around it's July the folks the mandate to provide that is is in place on July the first.
You've got to provide this morning after pill or you find -- point three million dollars will you be fine that one point three million dollars even though -- -- He -- to the the the fought the the mandate itself this is the requirement to -- the coverage takes effect on July 1 we all know that.
-- the green family and hobby lobby are not going to back down from there from their position.
And so basically with respect to fines we will cross that bridge when we come to it.
There are lots of things that we can do to hold off.
Any kind of -- there are emergency motions that we can file and the but the the basic point is the greens are going to continue to press their case in the courts.
Along with -- more than thirty other businesses who have done so.
-- there's a momentum just yesterday in Florida a federal judge ruled that the federal government cannot do this to a business in and said.
A business owner doesn't relinquish their unalienable rights in the First Amendment simply because they choose to enter free -- free enterprise under the corporate form.
So there's momentum with the business owners and the greens will continue to fight in court really no matter what the federal government does -- we appreciate you being with -- all right very busy day.
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