California is a disaster thanks to the Left’s total control of state government.
With leftists’ stranglehold on the state, Planned Parenthood has realized their dreams in the Golden State.
But what three churches unearthed could bring the abortion giant to its knees.
The cultural wreckage that the Left has inflicted on California is staggering.
But even in liberal California, there are millions of people who still uphold traditional values.
Nevertheless, in 2014 the California Department of Managed Health Care issued a mandate forcing all health insurance plans, including those of Churches and other Christian organizations, to fund abortion.
Three California churches — Foothill Church in Glendora, Calvary Chapel Chino Hills in Chino, and The Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch — slapped a lawsuit against the Department of Managed Health for violation of federal conscience law only to be ruled against by a federal judge.
But after the Churches’ attorneys uncovered emails showing that California government officials issued the mandate at the behest of Planned Parenthood, the case is heading back to court.
As revealed in e-mails that Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys who represent the churches discovered, the agency issued its mandate in response to specific demands from Planned Parenthood. Those demands asked agency officials to implement a “fix” requiring the health plans of religious organizations to include coverage for abortion, regardless of moral or conscientious objections and despite state recognition up to that point that religious groups shouldn’t be subject to such requirements.
“The government shouldn’t be forcing churches to pay for abortion, and it is shameful and inappropriate that the government did so in this case at the bidding of Planned Parenthood,” said ADF Legal Counsel Jeremiah Galus. “California officials are required to follow the law and legal precedent, not the dictates of groups that have an axe to grind against religious organizations that don’t share their views on abortion. We are asking the 9th Circuit to strike down this obviously unconstitutional mandate.”
“No state agency anywhere has the right to demand that church health insurance plans contain this kind of coverage, which clearly violates these churches’ most sincerely held religious beliefs,” added ADF Senior Counsel Erik Stanley, director of the ADF Center for Christian Ministries. “The state has no business implementing Planned Parenthood’s scheme to force religious groups to act contrary to their own pro-life beliefs under the threat of massive penalties if they don’t comply.”
In the lawsuit, Foothill Church v. Rouillard, ADF attorneys represent Foothill Church in Glendora, Calvary Chapel Chino Hills in Chino, and The Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch.
The fact that officials with the State of California’s supposed health insurance watchdog colluded with Planned Parenthood to force conservative Christian organizations to pay for abortion isn’t that surprising.
But with the revelation of emails proving left-wing California government officials are tied at the hip with Planned Parenthood, the courts should do the right thing and protect freedom of conscience of these religious organizations.
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