Under President Donald Trump – who made history this week by being the first United States president to attend the annual March for Life event – the federal government is issuing a warning to the state of California, demanding it must stop forcing private insurance providers to cover abortion in their healthcare plans.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) gave a Notice of Violation to California officials declaring they cannot require health insurance plans and issuers to cover abortion because it violates federal conscience laws.
“OCR is issuing a Notice of Violation to the state of California, formally notifying California that it cannot impose universal abortion coverage mandates on health insurance plans and issuers in violation of federal conscience laws,” HHS’s OCR announced in a press release Friday. “California has deprived over 28,000 people of plans that did not cover elective abortion, but now must cover abortion due to California’s mandate.”
California … follow the law … or else …
Trump – who Alveda King called the most pro-life president ever – moved the HHS forward in its fight to “protect human life and the conscience rights of all Americans” and put the Golden State on 30-day’s notice that it must abandon its compulsory unconstitutional pro-abortion mandate – or be punished for noncompliance.
“If, after 30 days, OCR does not receive sufficient assurance that California will come into compliance with federal law, OCR will forward the Notice of Violation and the evidence supporting OCR’s findings in this matter to the HHS funding components from which California receives funding for appropriate action under applicable grants and contracts regulations,” Townhall informed.
California began implementing its radical pro-abortion legislation under former President Barack Obama, who Dr. James Dobson dubbed “the abortion president” for relentlessly undermining the sanctity of human life in favor of so-called women’s reproductive rights during his eight years in office.
“OCR’s investigation arose from two complaints alleging that California engaged in unlawful discrimination when California’s Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) ordered, in August 2014, that all health plan issuers under its jurisdiction must offer coverage for elective abortion in every plan they offer,” HHS recounted. “The two complainants are the Missionary Guadalupanas of the Holy Spirit, a Catholic order of religious sisters, and Skyline Wesleyan Church, a non-profit Christian church – organizations whose religious beliefs preclude them, in good conscience, from helping to pay for insurance coverage for elective abortions.”
Since stepping into the Oval Office in 2017, Trump has strived to make good on his 2016 campaign promise to champion the pro-life movement.
“This is not the first time OCR has found California to be in violation of federal conscience statutes,” the release noted. “In January 2019, OCR found that California violated the Weldon and Coats-Snowe Amendments when it subjected pregnancy resource centers in the state to potential fines and discrimination for refusing to post notices referring for free or low-cost abortions.”
HHS Secretary Alex Azar impressed how the president has unwaveringly taken action to protect the most innocent and vulnerable Americans – living in the womb.
“Once again, President Trump’s administration is delivering on his promise to protect human life and all Americans’ freedom of conscience,” Azar stated in the release. “Under President Trump, HHS has been vigorously enforcing the statutes Congress passed to protect Americans’ consciences and institutionalizing these protections within the department’s civil rights work.”
OCR Director Roger Severino reminded Americans that – similar to Obamacare – California’s laws regarding abortion coverage are unconstitutional, as citizens should never be forced to pay for services they do not want or agree with.
“No one in America should be forced to pay for or cover other people’s abortions,” Severino argued in the release. “We are putting California on notice that it must stop forcing people of good will to subsidize the taking of human life, not only because it’s the moral thing to do, but because it’s the law.”
Pro-life Dems joining a winning cause
Even though the overwhelming majority of Democratic leaders champion abortion, a number of pro-life Democrats are on board with the pro-life movement that is sweeping the nation, including the leader of Democrats for Life, Kristen Day, who participated in this week’s March for Life event.
She acknowledged Trump’s historic move to be the first U.S. president at the event, but was disappointed he did not recognize the Democrats on stage – even though all of the Democratic presidential candidates are staunch pro-abortion advocates.
“The March for Life has made some inroads to pro-life Democrats and making the March inclusive to all, [but] he pro-life movement, to be successful, MUST be bipartisan,” Day told Fox News. "Instead of acknowledging the pro-life Democrats who were there to march in unity, President Trump took the approach to criticize Democrats and not recognize the pro-life Democrats on stage with him and in the crowd,"
Also joining the largest pro-life event alongside Republicans donning “MAGA” hats and “Keep abortion legal” signs in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., was Pro-Life San Francisco Executive Director Terrisa Bukovinac – a Democrat who lamented the fact that the chances of having a pro-life Democratic elected official there to champion life was virtually impossible.
"I think it’s an important move for all of our elected officials to support the March for Life," Bukovinac said, according to Fox. "Until the 72 percent of Dems who want to see abortion restricted stop voting for pro-abortion extremists, we will continue to have to rely on right-wing leadership to draw attention to our cause."