California requires employers to pay for elective abortions in health insurance plans. Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) represents three churches that filed suit against the state last October.
California redefined “basic health care” to include killing one’s own unborn children. The state’s mandate is a clear violation of freedom of religion and of conscience. The law is much worse than the Obamacare mandate to offer drugs that might induce abortions.
The churches are in court today for a hearing.
“The government shouldn’t be forcing churches to pay for the killing of innocent human life,” ADF attorney Jeremiah Galus said in a statement. “These churches have no way to avoid paying for abortions because Obamacare requires health insurance coverage, and the California mandate requires abortion coverage in any health plan. What’s bizarre, though, is that the same government that quite rightfully does not require California churches to pay for contraceptive coverage nonetheless requires them to pay for elective abortion coverage. We trust the court will allow the churches to proceed with challenging this obviously inconsistent and unconstitutional mandate.”
Pastor Jack Hibbs of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, one of the churches suing the state, said he’d go to jail if necessary before his church includes abortions in employee health insurance plans.
“I cannot violate my biblical worldview. Once I have to do that, I no longer live in the United States our founding fathers gave me. This abortion issue for a Christian is not a political issue – it’s a biblical issue. God is the engineer of life – he’s the giver of life. I cannot think of a human being more defenseless than an unborn baby.”