Trump admin warns California: Get rid of abortion coverage mandate or lose funds

On Friday, President Donald Trump made history by becoming the first president to speak in person at the annual March For Life in Washington D.C. He then followed this up by putting his money where his mouth is.

After making the sickening discovery that the state of California has been forcing insurance companies to cover elective abortions for years, the Trump administration warned that it will cut off the state’s federal funding if California doesn’t get rid of its illegal requirement that forces health insurance companies to provide abortion coverage. 

Message sent

The warning was given to California by the Health and Human Services Department Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

“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 statement read in part.

This “notice” comes from an investigation that the OCR conducted following complaints made by two groups — the Missionary Guadalupanas of the Holy Spirit and Skyline Wesleyan Church.

Back in August of 2014, the California Department of Managed Health Care ordered health all insurance providers to cover elective abortions. These two groups then complained that the state discriminated against them by not allowing for plans that do not cover elective abortions.

Violating the law

The OCR has now completed its investigation of the matter, and it has found California to be in violation of the Weldon Amendment.

“The amendment,” according to the Los Angeles Times, “which has been added to federal spending bills since 2004, specifies that federal funds may not be provided to any state or local governments that subject ‘any institutional or individual healthcare entity to discrimination on the basis that the healthcare entity does not provide, pay for, provide coverage of, or refer for abortions.'”

This violation is what led to the OCR’s notice.

“OCR has completed the investigation of the complaints and determined that California violated the Weldon Amendment by mandating that California health care plan issuers cover elective abortion in each plan product, and continues to violate federal law by continuing to require objecting health care entities protected by the Weldon Amendment to cover elective abortion,” the OCR statement reads.

What now?

The OCR has now given the state of California thirty days to declare whether it will dispense with the elective abortion requirement of health insurance plans. If California chooses not to comply, the OCR states that it is ready to take action that may result in the withholding of HHS funds.

It’s good to have a president and an administration that is willing to defend life.

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