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Birth control coverage up for federal appeal in Denver

Published On: May 23 2013 12:25:40 PM CDT

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DENVER -

Contraception coverage by for-profit companies faces a prominent test in Denver.

Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. is asking a federal appeals court for an exemption from part of the federal health care law. Hobby Lobby says it shouldn't be required to offer health coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill.

The Oklahoma City-based arts-and-crafts chain argues that businesses - not just religious groups - should be exempted from that part of the health law if it violates their religious beliefs.

Lower courts have rejected Hobby Lobby's claim, saying that secular for-profit companies aren't exempt from the requirement.

The 10th Circuit is hearing the case Thursday before all nine judges, indicating the case's importance.

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