Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF) has filed suit, along with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) attorneys on behalf of Skyline Wesleyan Church in La Mesa, California. The lawsuit was filed in California Superior Court for the County of San Diego against the California Department of Managed Health Care (CDMH) for forcing Skyline Wesleyan Church as well as other churches to pay for elective abortions in their health insurance plans. FCDF alleges that this abortion mandate violates Skyline Wesleyan’s Federal and California Constitutional rights to the free exercise of religion, and equal protection under the law, and the California Administrative Procedure Act.
In August 2014, the California Department of Managed Healthcare (CDMH) issued a mandate requiring all group health insurance plans in California to provide coverage for all legal abortions, including completely voluntary and elective abortions. Previously, organizations which did not want to provide insurance coverage for voluntary abortions could simply purchase health insurance which did not provide for it. This included numerous churches, non-profits, and other organizations of conscience.
“Because Obamacare requires employers to provide health insurance coverage, the California mandate has now challenged churches with no way to opt out of paying for abortions,” said FCDF Chief Counsel Charles LiMandri. “Let’s be reasonable – California is violating its own laws and constitution as well as the U.S. Constitution by forcing organizations to deny their religious beliefs by complying with these mandates. Not only did CDMH change the contracts between church and health insurance providers, but they even tried to prevent health insurance providers from informing churches about the new coverage!”
March 18, 2015 – Resources for a recent talk given by Charles LiMandri on the subject “Are people born gay?”
Below is a response to an email inquiry FCDF received regarding whether the California State Assembly has the right to intervene in how the Catholic Church runs its schools and designates its teachers. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone recently made a few changes in the policies at Catholic schools in San Francisco. President and Chief Counsel responds to the question:
Assisted suicide helps very few, endangers more
BY LAURA PETRILLO 02/25/2015 The U.S. health care system does many things well, but it is becoming increasingly clear that helping people die peacefully is not one of them. Many people spend their last months of life in emergency rooms, infusion centers or intensive care units, receiving interventions that not only fail to prolong life, but instead increase suffering for both the dying and their survivors. Read More
February 21, 2015 - Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities: CURRENT FEDERAL LAWS PROTECTING CONSCIENCE RIGHTS
Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities: CURRENT FEDERAL LAWS PROTECTING CONSCIENCE RIGHTS
Over the past forty-one years, numerous federal laws and regulations have been enacted to protect rights of conscientious objection. Many of these laws relate to controverted areas of reproductive health. Some are nondiscrimination laws protecting those who object to participation in abortion on any grounds whatsoever. Read more
February 20, 2015 - Cardinal O’Malley, Archbishop Lori Urge Support For The Health Care Conscience Rights Act
Cardinal O’Malley, Archbishop Lori Urge Support For The Health Care Conscience Rights Act
WASHINGTON—Congress should reaffirm the principle that government “should not force anyone to stop offering or covering much-needed legitimate health care” because of a conscientious objection to abortion or other procedures, said Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore. Read more
February 19, 2015 - California Catholic Conference: Urge Legislators to Vote “No” on Assisted Suicide
California Catholic Conference: Urge Legislators to Vote “No” on Assisted Suicide
Once again, a bill to legalize the practice of assisted suicide has been introduced in the California State Legislature, in the form of Senate Bill 128 (SB 128).
This time, the bill has been announced in the Senate and is being authored by two democratic legislators: Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) and Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel)*. Read more