California, No Assurance about Insurance
By Tony Perkins
While liberals are busy pretending taxpayer-funded abortion doesn’t exist in ObamaCare, one state is quite proud to admit it: California. The country’s biggest state is taking the biggest step in foisting abortion costs on locals under a new policy that orders health insurance companies to cover it — regardless of their objections or their policyholders’. “Abortion is a basic health care service,” argued department director Michelle Rouillard, kicking off what will almost certainly be a fresh round of lawsuits on an issue that most people realize won’t go away until ObamaCare does.
At least two of our allies, Alliance Defending Freedom and Life Legal Defense Foundation, are going to bat for Californians’ conscience rights. Regardless of how locals feel about abortion, they shouldn’t be forced to become unwilling shareholders in the dark world of the abortion industry.
For our allies in religious organizations, churches, and universities, this is the next chapter in the fight against the President’s mandate, which turned the page after the Supreme Court’s vindication of family businesses like Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties. Already, the local California Catholic Conference is speaking out about what they see as a “coercive and discriminatory action by the state of California,” which they believe directly targets institutions with deep pro-life convictions.
As if strong-arming taxpayers wasn’t enough, California is also leading the way in unsafe responses to the “shortage” of abortionists. In jaw-dropping news, the University of California in San Francisco is offering the first-ever online course on abortion. Of course, this comes on the heels of an already lax system that last year allowed nurses to perform abortions, despite the risks.
Contrast this with Texas, whose new laws put women’s health first — tightening safety nets and demanding higher standards and admitting privileges for the doctors serving them. Yet it’s Texas’s policies that are mired in court, the casualties of a vicious onslaught from the party that claims to support women most. Last Thursday, the Fifth Circuit of Appeals sided with the Lone Star State, giving Texas the green light to move forward with key parts of the law — enacting common sense health standards and sparing countless lives in the process.
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.
(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)
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