Two organizations filed a complaint on behalf of seven churches with the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), according to a report filed last week after a California department ordered all insurance plans cover elective surgical dismemberment abortion.
According to Worldmag, the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and Life Legal Defense Foundation (LLDF) filed the complaint last week with HHS in response to a letter to California’s seven insurance companies written in August by Michelle Rouillard, director of California’s Department of Managed Health, in which she wrote, “every pregnant woman has the fundamental right to choose to either bear a child or to have a legal abortion.”
“The purpose of this letter is to remind plans that the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975 (Knox Keene Act) requires the provision of basic health care services and the California Constitution prohibits health plans from discriminating against women who choose to terminate a pregnancy. Thus, all health plans must treat maternity services and legal abortion neutrally.
“Exclusions and limitations are also incompatible with both the California Reproductive Privacy Act and multiple California judicial decisions that have unambiguously established under the California Constitution that every pregnant woman has the fundamental right to choose to either bear a child or to have a legal abortion.”
This complaint comes just over a month after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report which states that only 1 of 18 insurers in more than half the states in America are separately charging premiums for abortion coverage, a key tenant which enabled the passage of Obamacare. Federal taxpayer funding of abortion is prohibited under the Hyde Amendment.
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H/T The Federalist
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