by Tré Goins-Phillips, FaithWire
Currently, the state of California requires insurance plans to cover the cost of abortions. But now, the Trump administration is threatening to cut off federal funds if the requirement isn’t scratched.
Officials with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) argued in a statement issued recently that the insurance requirement forces people to pay for others’ abortions, violating federal law.
The memo from the HHS’ Office for Civil Rights is “ formally notifying California that it cannot impose universal abortion coverage mandates on health insurance plans and issuers in violation of federal conscience laws. California has deprived over 28,000 people of plans that did not cover elective abortion, but now must cover abortion due to California’s mandate.”
Officials with HHS are taking issue with a 2014 California law requiring all insurance plans to cover abortions. Religious organizations have argued the statute is discriminatory because it violates religious freedom.
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