Hobby Lobby, the popular arts and crafts chain, has thrown down the gauntlet to the Obama administration.

The company issued a statement Thursday saying it will refuse to offer access to the controversial "morning-after" birth control pill as part of its health care coverage despite risking fines of up to $1.3 million dollars a day. 

Obamacare requires employers to offer such birth control options via their health care plans -- even for companies with religious objections. Hobby Lobby is owned by the same conservative Christian family that also owns publisher Mardel Incorporated. They are suing to block the part of the health care bill that requires employers to provide insurance coverage for the "morning after pill" and other emergency contraceptive measures.

According to Newser.com:

The companies claim the mandate violates the religious beliefs of their owners. They say the morning-after pill is tantamount to abortion because it can prevent a fertilized egg from becoming implanted in a woman's womb.

Also from Newser:

In ruling against the companies last month, U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton said churches and other religious organizations have been granted constitutional protection from the birth-control provisions but that 'Hobby Lobby and Mardel are not religious organizations.'

That is why the family has opened a new lawsuit against the health care bill and the contraceptive provisions. A visit to their Facebook page shows well over 700,000 likes and nearly 17,000 people talking about them. We're pretty sure those numbers will increase once word of this gets around about them standing up for religious freedom against the Obama health care bill.

(Courtesy Hobby Lobby facebook page)