(ConservativeInsider.org) – Our nation has many laws in place to ensure Americans are not forced to do or pay for something that they disagree with. These federal conscious laws protect the government from spending tax-payer money on actions some people find objectionable, like abortions. California has decided to ignore these laws, but the Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) have teamed up to ensure the state comes into compliance.
California Disallowed $200 Million in Funding Per Quarter
On Wednesday, December 16, HHS announced that California will fail to receive $200 million in federal Medicaid funding for the upcoming quarter unless they come into compliance with federal law. Currently, their illegal mandates demand all health care plans include “abortion without exclusion or limitation.”
Mattea Merta, an NGO United Nations representative, shares more:
California's policies clearly violate federal conscience laws, so if CA does not amend its policies, an additional $200 million will be withheld ever quarter in Medicaid funding until CA comes into compliance.
— Mattea Merta🕊 (@MatteaMerta) December 16, 2020
California’s mandate forced employers of over 28,000 people to move plans after they had chosen to not cover abortions. The Trump Administration’s pushback against this unlawful mandate secures religious liberty for these businesses and individuals.
A pro-life organization was thankful for the ruling:
"Whatever one thinks of the legality of abortion, no one should be punished for declining to pay for or assist in the taking of human life." -Roger Severino, director of the Office at Civil Rights at HHShttps://t.co/x19VberfDS
— March for Life (@March_for_Life) December 17, 2020
Understanding California’s Violation of the Weldon Amendment
Catholic order of religious sisters partnered with a non-profit Christian church to file a complaint with the OCR against California’s Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC). On January 24, 2020, the OCR determined California violated the Weldon Amendment. This incredible law ensures that businesses and individuals are not forced to “provide, pay for, or provide coverage for abortions.”
A Vermont Medical Center Is Also Under Scrutiny for Violations
A separate case from HHS against the University of Vermont Medical Center shared that the DOJ is suing the hospital system for forcing a nurse to assist during an elective abortion procedure, even though she expressed conscience-based objections.
Together, these two cases show President Donald Trump continues to ensure American religious freedom and safeguard our moral consciousnesses. We will not let our values be changed or violated by far-left policies meant to change the framework of our nation.
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