By Sarah Zagorski
Earlier this year, California lawmakers introduced Assembly Bill 1254, which would reverse the Department of Managed Health Care’s (DMHC) mandate that all employers, even churches, include elective abortion in their health insurance plans. However, apparently Planned Parenthood believes they can count on the Obama administration not to enforce the law that makes churches and religious groups pay for abortions under state health plans.
As LifeNews previously reported, in 2014, Alliance Defending Freedom and Life Legal Defense Foundation filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services concerning the California mandate. They represented churches in the state that objected to providing employees insurance plans that covered elective abortions. Additionally, in a separate letter they warned DMHC that their mandate violates federal law.