Petition delivered by Oklahoma City clergyman protests Hobby Lobby lawsuit
BY CARLA HINTON NewsOK.com
Friday, September 28, 2012
OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma City clergyman delivered a petition to an Oklahoma City-based arts and crafts chain Thursday, urging the company to drop its lawsuit against a government health mandate.
The Rev. Lance Schmitz, a Church of the Nazarene preacher, said the petition he gave to a Hobby Lobby employee Thursday has more than 80,000 signatures of people concerned that the retailer is placing women's health care at risk by trying to strike down the targeted U.S. Health and Human Services mandate.
The mandate requires health coverage for women to include free preventive services such as contraception, including IUDs and the morning after pill.
Churches and other nonprofit religious organizations are exempted on the basis of religious objections, but insurance companies are not.
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Oklahoma City clergyman Lance Schmitz holds petitions that he attempted to deliver to Hobby Lobby's corporates headquarters Thursday in Oklahoma City. PAUL HELLSTERN/NewsOK.com