Churches Sue California Over Abortion Mandates

Three churches are filing a federal lawsuit against the California Department of Managed Health Care, claiming that the state’s insurance laws are forcing them to betray their deeply held religious beliefs. Calvary Chapel, Foothill Church, and The Shepard of the Hills Church argue that California has crossed a line by mandating abortion-inclusive healthcare plans.

“Churches should not be forced to pay for the killing of innocent human life,” said Erik Stanley of the Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing the churches in their suit. “The government has no right to demand that church health insurance plans contain coverage for abortion – something that violates these churches’ most sincerely held religious beliefs. California is violating the Constitution by strong-arming churches into having this coverage in their plans.”

According to the ADF, the churches have been caught in a quandary thanks to federal and state insurance laws. Obamacare requires that employers provide coverage and California law requires all employer health plans to include elective abortion. Without judicial interference, these churches are being given a dark choice: financially support abortions or break the law.

This is one instance where it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world for California to win. There has to be judicial disagreement for a case to make it to the Supreme Court, and it’s high time that we heard a landmark decision on this divisive issue. Otherwise, this is going to keep happening time and again. If the Supreme Court excused Hobby Lobby from providing health insurance that covered certain types of contraception, logic dictates that they’ll rule for religious freedom in this case as well.

Of course, nothing is ever certain when it comes to political hot buttons like this one.

But there you have the difference between healthcare law and gay marriage. It’s easy to get these liberals to ignore the Constitution when they have visions of glorious rainbow flags dancing in their heads. The boring reality of insurance mandates isn’t nearly as exciting, making it less likely that the Justices will betray their oaths.

The truth is, elective abortion coverage shouldn’t be a part of any health insurance plan because abortion has nothing to do with health care. It’s a medical procedure, to be sure, but so is elective amputation. That doesn’t mean an employer should be forced to pay for it.

But the bigger issue is where the government’s power ends. The founding fathers tried to limit that power, but it keeps expanding. This might be a California lawsuit, but it stems from the federal Obamacare mandates. Every year, we are a little bit less free than we were the year before. If we’re really going to push back on these outrageous assaults on the Bill of Rights, we need to start by shrinking the federal beast.

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