California Churches Forced to Cover Abortion For Employees
A formal complaint was filed with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services over the California Department of Managed Health Care’s decision to force all employers, including churches, to pay for elective abortions in their health insurance plans. Life Legal Defense Foundation and Alliance Defending Freedom represent seven churches in the lawsuit.
News Now reported:
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 Heal 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.
The complaint was filed on behalf of:
** Skyline Church in La Mesa
** Foothill Church and Foothill Christian School in Glendora
** Alpine Christian Fellowship in El Cajon
** The Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch
** City View Church in San Diego
** Faith Baptist Church in Santa Barbara
** Calvary Chapel Chino Hills in Chino