Good news! Let’s pray for the Spaniards.
Not surprising that hatetheists support abortion, but interesting to see such close ties between the two…
MADISON, Wisc. – A prominent atheist organization that routinely challenges Christians in court was founded with close ties to the abortion industry, according to recent reports.
Since 1978, the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has promoted secularism and advocated for the so-called “separation of church and state.” The organization regularly challenges references to God or the Bible in schools, military bases, and other government-affiliated places.
As previously reported, FFRF has seen multiple victories in its fight against religion. In the past few months alone, the organization has been responsible for the censoring of God-honoring historical plaques, the suspension of a football coach who prayed with his team, the removal of Gideon Bibles on a college campus, the banning of coach-led prayers at…
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SAN FRANCISCO – The University of California’s San Francisco campus has launched the nation’s first-ever online abortion class, creating both interest and outrage across the nation.
“Abortion: Quality Care and Public Health Implications” is a six-week free class being offered by the university through Coursera, and is to be taught by “over twenty faculty from various institutions and multiple disciplines [who] will place abortion within the context of public health and fill in the gaps left by its exclusion from mainstream curricula in health professions.”
“Each week’s lectures will incorporate the stories of women who seek abortion in order to better portray abortion significance and rationale,” the course description further outlines. “Other topics will include a brief history of abortion, the clinical aspects of medication and procedural abortions in and after the first trimester, an overview of patient-centered abortion-care…
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For the past four years, the Obama administration and its friends on the Left were careful to claim that they still strongly support religious liberty while arguing that Hobby Lobby’s Green family, Conestoga Wood Specialties’ Hahn family, and others like them must lose. Principally, they contended, religious liberty protections could not be applied to Hobby Lobby because (1) It is a for-profit corporation, (2) It isn’t a church (and thus not a true “religious employer,” and (3) It is wrong on the science—Plan B, a copper intrauterine device, et cetera, they claimed, do not cause abortions. They implied, if not claimed outright, that they would surely support religious freedom in another case, but Hobby Lobby was unworthy to claim its protections.
The State of California is now calling their bluff. California’s Department of Managed Health Care has ordered all insurance plans in the state to immediately begin covering elective abortion. Not Plan B. Not contraceptives. Elective surgical dismemberment abortion.
At the insistence of the American Civil Liberties Union, the DMHC concluded that a 40-year-old state law requiring health plans to cover “basic health services” had been misinterpreted all these decades. Every plan in the state was immediately ordered, effective August 22, to cover elective abortion. California had not even applied this test to its own state employee health plans (which covered only “medically necessary” abortions). But this novel reading was nevertheless quietly imposed on every plan in the state by fiat.
This California mandate is in blatant violation of federal law that specifically prohibits California from discriminating against health care plans on the basis that they do not cover abortion. Alliance Defending Freedom and Life Legal Defense Foundation have filed administrative complaints with the HHS Office of Civil Rights (which oversees this federal law) on behalf of individual employees and seven California churches forced into abortion coverage in violation of their conscience.
Let’s hope and pray they win their case, and force California to permit insurance companies to have health care plans which exclude coverage of abortion.
SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Managed Health Care has issued a letter requiring insurance companies in the state to cover abortions, forcing all faith-based employers to likewise offer abortion coverage regardless of their religious beliefs.
“Abortion is a basic health care service,” director Michelle Rouillard wrote on Friday to seven insurance companies that refused to offer coverage.“All health plans must treat maternity services and legal abortion neutrally.”
She asserted that abortion must be covered because the “California Constitution prohibits health plans from discriminating against women who choose to terminate a pregnancy,” and also cited a 1975 law surrounding “medically necessary” health care.
The directive is believed to come as a result of a decision made last year by two Roman Catholic/Jesuit universities in the state, Santa Clara University and Loyola Marymount University, to no longer pay for abortions, but that employees could buy coverage through a third party. Some faculty members objected to the announcement and called upon Gov. Jerry Brown to intervene.
Beth Parker, the chief counsel for Planned Parenthood, praised the directive by the directive issued by Rouillard, stating she was “thrilled that the state is complying with California law and ensuring that women of California have access to all reproductive health services.”
But Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and the Life Legal Defense Foundation assert that the department’s mandate violates federal law, and sent a rebuttal letter on Friday calling for a retraction under threat of a federal lawsuit.
“[F]ederal law prevents California from mandating that a health insurance plan include abortion coverage,” the letter to Roullard stated. “The DMHC’s action is a clear violation of the Weldon Amendment and, if not reversed, could trigger loss of funding to the entire state and its departments.”
“[I]f DMHC does not reverse its decision, we are prepared to file complaints with the Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services, which has promised to enforce and police the Weldon Amendment ‘to ensure that Department funds do not support coercive or discriminatory practices, or policies in violation of federal law,’” the groups vowed.
I hope they do launch a lawsuit, if it proves necessary.