Trump admin threatens California with funding cuts over abortion rule: Report

President Donald Trump and his administration just took a step to combat abortions that has the media stunned.

According to The Washington Post, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) warned California last week that if it doesn’t remove a state requirement that health insurance providers cover abortion, its federal funding may be cut.

California’s violation

Back in 2014, California passed a law requiring health insurance plans to cover elective abortions. Feeling discriminated against, since they are unable to find a health insurance provider that does not cover abortions, a local church group challenged the California law in the courts.

Unfortunately for them, the lawsuit was dismissed at the end of 2019. But the group didn’t stop there.

Instead of giving up, they decided to send in a complaint to Trump’s HHS, and after reviewing the matter, it found that California was in violation of federal law. According to HHS Director Roger Severino, California has specifically violated the Weldon Amendment.

Passed in 2004, this amendment essentially cuts off federal funding to states that discriminate against anti-abortion health insurance providers.

The Golden State on notice

Accordingly, the OCR issued a notice to California on Friday — the same day that President Trump made history by becoming the first president to speak at a March For Life rally, Fox News noted.

“OCR is issuing a Notice of Violation to the state of California, formally notifying California that it cannot impose universal abortion coverage mandates on health insurance plans and issuers in violation of federal conscience laws,” the office’s notice reads in part.

The Trump administration is giving California 30 days to comply.

“With this Notice, OCR requests that California inform OCR, within [30] days, whether California will continue to enforce its requirement that all health plans cover elective abortions, or whether it will agree to take corrective action and remedy the effect of its discriminatory conduct,” the notice continues.

The notice goes on to explain that should California decide not to comply, action will be taken that could result in the state being cut off from receiving HHS funds completely.

What’s more, according to One America News Network (OAN), this OCR notice is being thought of as a “warning shot” for other states, including Illinois, New York, and Maine, which have policies similar to California’s. It’s certainly a good day for life.

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