The Alliance for Conscience Rights is deeply disappointed by today’s ruling by the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. While the OCR spent nearly two years conducting its investigation, Catholic health care entities and other religious employers in California have faced discrimination violations of their civil rights not to cover elective abortions from which they ought to have been protected by federal law. We strongly disagree with the OCR’s interpretation of the Weldon Amendment and continue to believe the California Department of Managed Health Care’s actions violate federal law. The Alliance for Conscience Rights is committed to working with Congress to pursue a legislative remedy that will ensure that religious entities have the right to defend themselves against governmental mandates that violate their deepest moral convictions as they continue to provide the highest quality health care, social services, and education — including to the poorest and most vulnerable populations.

 

To read the OCR’s letter to the complainants in full, please click here.