In July, U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton granted Hobby Lobby Mardel Christian bookstore a temporary exemption from a requirement that it provide insurance coverage for morning-after pills, similar emergency birth control methods and intrauterine devices.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
in September filed a notice in federal court saying it would appeal that decision.
had initially rejected the request to block the birth-control mandate but reconsidered his
decision after the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the companies were likely to prevail in the case.
ruled in June that the company would not be subject to fines of up to $1.3 million a day for not offering the birth control methods.