California Churches Under Gross Attack on Religious Liberty
Some of you may not be aware but last year we fought against a bill that would have removed religious exemption language from the health care laws in Oregon. These exemptions protect churches from providing abortions services on their insurance plans for their employees. The Oregon legislature was seeking to remove that language which would in turn force churches to cover abortions, which would violate the First Amendment by infringing on religious liberty. We, along with other organizations launched into action. With the help of constituents we were able to encourage the legislature to vote against removing these protective exemptions.
To many the idea that something like this could happen is unbelievable, but it did. In California churches are now being unconstitutionally forced to provide insurance coverage that includes abortion.
Not only is this a gross violation of the First Amendment, and an over extension of power it is part of the continued assault on pre-born human life.
Oh and this isn’t just the local government doing this it is the federal government denying churches their religious freedom, by refusing to uphold the Weldon Amendment and violating the First Amendment.
“The Obama Administration is once again making a mockery of the law, and this time in the most unimaginable way. Churches should never be forced to cover elective abortion in their insurance plans, and for ten years the Weldon Amendment has protected the right to have plans that do not include coverage for abortion-on-demand. But the state of California has ordered every insurer, even those insuring churches, to cover elective abortions in blatant violation of the law. The Obama Administration’s refusal to enforce this law continues its pattern of enforcing laws it wants to enforce, refusing to enforce others, and inventing new interpretations of others out of whole cloth. We will continue to defend churches from this clear violation of the First Amendment and federal law and call on Congress to hold the Department of Health and Human Services accountable.” Casey Mattoxalso ADF Senior Counsel
California first violated a law (the Weldon Amendment) which in turn the Obama Administration turned its head and declined to actually enforce the law. Now the churches are reacting with a case that is seeking the federal courts to step in so that they can continue in the lawsuit against California. Basically meaning the churches have to get a federal court to step in and say the case is justified because California is breaking the law. Something the Obama Administration should have done already.
Here is just another sad example of the lack of respect for human life, the law, and religious liberty that is being displayed by the leadership in this country.