Blue states are rushing to pass pro-abortion legislation.
And they are going so far as to require churches and religious organizations to provide abortion services for their employees.
But some are fighting back and churches in this state just won a $1.4 million lawsuit over abortion coverage mandates.
Two federal courts have ruled in favor of California churches and awarded them $1.4 million after they filed a lawsuit against the state of California over its regulations forcing churches to provide abortion coverage in their healthcare plans.
Upholding the Constitution
The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a nonprofit legal organization which filed the lawsuit on behalf of the churches, announced the courts ruled the First Amendment “protects the churches’ right to decline elective abortion coverage in their health insurance plans.”
The first lawsuit was filed on behalf of San Diego area church Skyline Wesleyan Church.
The second lawsuit involved three churches – Foothill Church in Glendora, Calvary Chapel Chino Hills in Chino, and The Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch.
“In both cases, the courts ruled that the U.S. Constitution protects the churches’ freedom to operate according to their religious beliefs, which include their belief in the sanctity of unborn lives,” ADF stated.
This victory sent shockwaves through state legislatures around the country that have tried to impose the same rules on churches and religious organizations.
Under orders from Planned Parenthood
The regulation was imposed on churches by the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC).
And not surprisingly because of the lawsuits emails were uncovered during legal proceedings, showing DMHC only issued its “abortion coverage” mandate “in response to specific demands from Planned Parenthood.”
DMHC first issued the mandate in 2014.
But not until after receiving marching orders from Planned Parenthood.
The courts ruled in favor of freedom of religion, blasting the California DMHC for their rules.
“The government can’t force a church or any other religious employer to violate their faith and conscience by participating in funding abortion,” said ADF Senior Counsel Jeremiah Galus after the ruling.
Galus added, “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.”
It’s bad enough that abortion is legal in California for the entirety of a woman’s pregnancy, even up until the very moment of birth.
But attempting to force churches to pay for this abortion coverage is grotesque and clearly unconstitutional.
The facts of these cases prove yet again that Planned Parenthood and the Left are not “pro-choice.”
In fact, they only favor one choice: abortion-on-demand for all, paid for by taxpayers and even churches.
Because of this victory, these churches in California will no longer be forced to violate their beliefs.
While a nice start, it proves it is time to act in the legislatures to stop this attack on innocent life, religious beliefs, and the Constitution.
Pro-Life Press will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.