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Hobby Lobby attorney starts Missouri group

Nicholas Eckhart
MU law professor Joshua Hawley represents Hobby Lobby in a case brought to the U.S. Supreme Court contesting mandatory health insurance programs with birth control.

An attorney representing an Oklahoma business challenging a federal contraception coverage mandate is starting a nonprofit group in Missouri.

University of Missouri law professor Joshua Hawley is part of the legal team representing Hobby Lobby in its case before the U.S. Supreme Court arguing against a rule that some organizations must provide health insurance that includes birth control.

Hawley said Thursday that his group, the Missouri Liberty Project, will focus on raising awareness for religious liberty and constitutional rights issues. He does not anticipate donating money to individual candidates.

The high court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on Hobby Lobby's case next week. Hobby Lobby sued to overturn the mandate on grounds that it violates the religious beliefs of founder.

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