The state of California is requiring every insurance policy to cover abortion. And this has national implications.
Even religious employers who are exempt from paying for contraceptives are now required to pay for abortions, for any reason, until 24 weeks, long after the child in the womb can feel pain.
We need every pro-life person not only in California but across the nation to join us in taking action RIGHT NOW and to stop this in its tracks. If one state gets away with this, so will others.
The Federalist posted a story on Oct. 22, giving great background on the issue. Here’s an excerpt:
“California’s Department of Managed Health Care has ordered all insurance plans in the state
to immediately begin covering elective abortion…
“At the insistence of the American Civil Liberties Union, the DMHC concluded that a 40-year-old state law requiring health plans to cover “basic health services” had been misinterpreted all these decades. Every plan in the state was immediately ordered, effective August 22, to cover elective abortion. …
“…While California (like the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or HHS) exempts churches from its contraceptive mandate,
there is no exception to this bureaucratic abortion mandate.”
The California Catholic Conference of Bishops has complained to DMHC. Alliance Defending Freedom and the Life Legal Defense Fund, according to The Federalist, have filed administrative complaints with the HHS Office of Civil Rights, which oversees this federal law.
Please send an email today to the California Department of Managed Health Care and the Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights. I will give you information below as to how best to do that
This is not just a threat to Californians. This tactic could be used in every abortion-friendly state in the country!
Albin Rhomberg, a long-time advocate for life in California, was on Priest’s for Life’s “Gospel of Life” radio show on Radio Maria this week to talk about this jarring example of government overreach.
“The abortion situation in California is getting worse and destroying society, youth, marriage, family, and the Catholic Church,” he told us. “Within just the last year, the California legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown legalized non-physician midwives, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners to perform abortions, repealed all regulations on abortion services in ‘primary care clinics’ and increased the rate of payment for Medi-Cal abortions by 40 percent in the 2014-2015 state budget.”
And the latest outrage is this order requiring health-care plans to cover abortion.
We cannot sit by and let this happen.
So please click here for the information on how to make that phone call or send that email today. And please send this email to as many people as you can!
This edict has to be overturned. Not only does the mandate violate the Constitution and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, but it also violates Obamacare, which says that there has to be at least one insurance plan in every state that doesn’t cover abortion.
We should help defeat this edict. Now!
Fr. Frank Pavone National Director, Priests for Life
P.S. This is the type of action that Priests for Life can take nationwide as we mobilize our movement. To help make it possible for Priests for Life to conduct campaigns such as this one, please click here and be as generous as you can