Should churches have to pay for elective abortions in their health insurance plans? The state of Washington insists they should.
According to attorney Elissa Graves of Alliance Defending Freedom, Washington is currently requiring employer-sponsored health plans to include abortion coverage if maternity care is also included.
“So this requires churches to provide insurance coverage for abortion,” says Graves, “even though this goes against their religious beliefs.”
ADF attorneys filed a lawsuit in federal court earlier this month over the state forcing churches to pay for elective abortions in their health insurance plans.
ADF attorneys represent Cedar Park Assembly of God in the federal lawsuit, known as Cedar Park Assembly of God of Kirkland v. Kreidler.
Cedar Park church is located in the Seattle area.
"A positive decision here would definitely impact other states having these types of laws,” says the ADF attorney, “and it would hopefully put a stop to them even passing them.”