Oklahoma Officials Express Support for Hobby Lobby

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma officials are expressing support for Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. as attorneys argued before the U.S. Supreme Court over the federal health care law's mandate that employers offer emergency contraceptives like the morning-after pill.

Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby is challenging the law's mandate that health plans include all forms of birth control for women, including emergency contraceptives its owners claim cause abortions.

Hobby Lobby's owners want an exemption from sections of the law they say violate their religious beliefs. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt says the law's contraception mandate asks Hobby Lobby's owners to violate their faith or face excessive fines.

U.S. Rep. James Lankford says companies should not be fined into oblivion if their religious beliefs do not match the health care law.

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