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California’s Abortion Mandate Violates Federal Law

Jan 24, 2020
Press Release

 

Today, Congressman Kevin McCarthy responded to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) announcement regarding California’s abortion mandate. HHS has determined that the State of California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) is violating federal law – the Weldon Amendment – by forcing health insurance providers to include abortion coverage in every plan within DMHC’s jurisdiction. McCarthy released the following statement in support of HHS’s decision:

“California’s abortion mandate not only devalues life, but cruelly compels many Californians to support abortion against their will. In order to respect citizens’ rights and not jeopardize a vital stream of critical federal funds that assist Californians, I urge Governor Newsom to reconsider his support for this unlawful policy. Today’s 47th Annual March for Life serves as an important reminder that every life is valuable. I am grateful to President Trump and HHS Secretary Azar for standing up for the voiceless and defending pro-life Californians against Sacramento’s unlawful actions.”
 

Background

  • The Weldon Amendment is a critical federal law crafted to protect the civil rights of Americans who want to live their lives without being discriminated against by the government simply because they are not willing to provide, pay, or cover abortions. The State of California, however, disregarded this law under the Obama Administration and is forcing health insurance plans to cover abortion.
  • Last year, California was also found to be in violation of the Weldon Amendment. You can find more information here.