Court says California churches don’t need to cover abortion in health plans

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(Worthy News) – A federal court has overturned a state mandate that required churches to pay for employees’ elective abortions in their health insurance plans, ending a yearslong legal battle.

U.S. District Chief Judge Kimberly Mueller wrote in an opinion filed Thursday that the 2014 directive from the California Department of Managed Health Care is unconstitutional because it imposes a “substantial burden” on the churches’ freedom of religion.

The Eastern District of California’s chief judge said that Mary Watanabe, the department’s director, failed to demonstrate a “compelling interest” for the state not to accommodate the religious beliefs of three churches that filed the lawsuit in 2015. [ Source: Washington Times (Read More…) ]

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