Pro-abortion bureaucrats tried to force churches to pay for elective abortions but it backfired in a major way.
Planned Parenthood thought they could use their power to trample on the rights of Pro-Lifers – but they suffered a massive defeat.
And despite their best attempts to sneak in abortion coverage to church employee health insurance plans – a court just smacked down a brutal ruling.
Planned Parenthood pulled the strings behind the scenes
At the urging of Planned Parenthood, the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) rammed through a new mandate forcing all employers to cover abortion – regardless of their religious convictions.
Churches were told abortion is considered “basic health care” and that their employer sponsored health plans must cover elective abortions for all employees.
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) took on the case and represented a group of churches who fought back against the unconstitutional abortion mandate.
And after nearly 10 years of litigation and millions spent in attorneys’ fees – the First Amendment wins again – and California bureaucrats were put in their place.
California agrees to fork over $1.4 million toward the churches’ attorneys’ fees
Not one – but two federal courts ruled against pro-abortion thugs in California and chided the government’s attempt to force churches to violate their religious convictions.
After nearly 10 years of litigation and appeals these churches finally won.
Last year a federal court said the California abortion mandate was unconstitutional.
California state officials finally agreed to a stipulated court order for the second lawsuit filed against them and agreed to pay $1.4 million toward the churches’ attorneys’ fees.
ADF Senior Counsel Jeremiah Galus declared victory and said “The government can’t force a church or any other religious employer to violate their faith and conscience by participating in funding abortion.”
Galus continued “For years, California officials, in collaboration with Planned Parenthood, have unconstitutionally targeted faith-based organizations. This is a significant victory for the churches we represent, the conscience rights of their members, and other religious organizations that shouldn’t be ordered by the government to violate some of their deepest faith convictions.”
Pro-Lifers must never stop fighting to expose the darkness of the abortion industry
The fight for life is far from over, in fact it has just begun.
Roe v. Wade was a good start – but the battle now goes to the state level and even on the ballot in some places.
The abortion industry is ruthless and they will use every dirty trick they can to force Pro-Lifers to carry out an abortion agenda.
In this instance, Planned Parenthood demanded DMHC to force religious organizations to cover abortions . . .
. . . threatening DMHC if they didn’t act immediately, Planned Parenthood would figure out their own “legislative solution”, reported ADF.
Planned Parenthood can threaten Pro-Lifers all day long – and they may have temporarily caused weak-kneed DMHC bureaucrats to act.
But the First Amendment held strong and shot the abortion crowd back to reality.
Forcing churches to violate their religious convictions and pay for abortions is unconstitutional – and let that ruling be a warning to any other pro-abortion group who tries to attack the religious freedoms of Pro-Lifers ever again.
Pro-Life Press will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.
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