Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com) Monday, October 13, 2014
A campaign against the state of California mandating abortion coverage in insurance plans is intensifying. Several complaints have been filed with the federal government to keep it from violating what Christian legal groups consider American’s fundamental rights and go against their religiously held beliefs and conscience.
The Department of Managed Health Care has ordered all employers, including churches and other religious organizations such as colleges and universities, to pay for elective abortions in their plans.
Alliance Defending Freedom and Life Legal Defense Foundation are representing seven California churches who object to the coverage, alleging the mandate violates federal law. One of the churches being represented is Dr. Jim Garlow’s Skyline Church in San Diego, which does not want be forced into funding the practice of abortion through its health care coverage.
Casey Mattox, an attorney with the Christian legal group, Alliance Defending Freedom, argues that the Golden State has gone too far by trouncing the liberties that they hold dear.
“Forcing a church to be party to elective abortion is one of the most unimaginable assaults on our most fundamental American freedoms,” Mattox asserts.
Mattox argues that there is no way California should be allowed to bypass federal law and end up getting away with forcing churches to fund a practice that the Bible specifically teaches against.
“California is flagrantly violating the federal law that protects employers from being forced into having abortion in their health insurance plans,” Mattox contends. “It cannot blatantly ignore federal law and think that it should continue to receive taxpayer money.”
ADF and LLDF have joined forces in lodging a complaint against the California agency with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The two organizations also represent employees at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles who also don’t want to pay for coverage of elective abortion.
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