California has changed its state health insurance rules to require that churches pay for elective abortions, drawing protest from some of the largest pro-life legal teams in the nation and a formal complaint.
“Forcing a church to be party to elective abortion is one of the utmost-imaginable assaults on our most fundamental American freedoms,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Casey Mattox.
Mattox said California “is flagrantly violating the federal law that protects employers from being forced into having abortion in their health insurance plans.”
“No state can blatantly ignore federal law and think that it should continue to receive taxpayer money,” he said.
The case is just the latest in recent months against aggressive federal and state government efforts to force religious individuals and organizations to fund abortion, including through Obamacare.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a previous case that owners of some companies cannot be forced to adhere to Obamacare’s requirement that they fund abortion-causing drugs, in violation of their religious beliefs.
In the California case, seven churches filed a formal complaint Thursday with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights calling abortion “a grave moral evil” and objecting to “being morally complicit through the provision of insurance coverage for abortion to their employees.”
The complaint cites a letter from the California Department of Managed Health Care to private health care insurers declaring “all health care plans issued in California must immediately cover elective abortions.”
“The insurers were instructed to amend their policies to remove any limitations on health coverage for abortions, such as excluding coverage for ‘voluntary’ or ‘elective’ abortions or limiting coverage to ‘therapeutic’ or ‘medically necessary’ abortions,” explains the complaint, which is joined by the Life Legal Defense Foundation.
Written by BOB UNRUH
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