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The Hobby Lobby retail chain has gone to court to fight one of the provisions of the federal government’s new health care law.

The Affordable Care Act requires employer’s to cover certain preventive services. This includes access to emergency contraception, like the morning-after pill, which prevents embryos from implanting in the uterine wall. Hobby Lobby’s founders say they currently provide birth control for their employees, but they object to being forced to provide insurance for what they call “abortion inducing drugs.”

Kyle Duncan is the general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is representing Hobby Lobby.

“Our hope has been the same from the beginning: that the administration will recognize that this mandate violates the religious liberty of millions of Americans and they will rescind it,” he said. “We don’t know what they will do. What we will do is press the rights of the Green family and Hobby Lobby in court.”

The White House has proposed an accommodation plan that could be finalized by next August, but Duncan says Hobby Lobby is subject to large fines if it doesn’t comply by January.

Hobby Lobby operates more than 500 arts and craft stores across the country, with Kentucky locations in Louisville, Somerset, Bowling Green, Ashland, Richmond, Florence, and Paducah.