California To Force Faith-Based Institutions To Cover Abortions In Their Health Insurance, ACLU Ecstatic…
Big win for the War On Babies crowd.
Via Truth Revolt:
California issued a new directive last week that forces insurers, including those of faith-based institutions, to cover elective abortions—a move the ACLU of Northern California is cheering as a restoration of women’s “basic health care” rights.
California’s Dept of Managed Health Care told seven insurance companies last week that they must now comply with the 1975 Knox Keene Act which guarantees coverage of “basic health care services,” which they specify as including elective abortion. As The Daily Signal explains, the directive is in part a response to a controversial decision by two Catholic universities which refused to cover elective abortions:
Last fall, Santa Clara University and Loyola Marymount University notified their employees that abortion services would no longer be covered under the universities’ health care plans. Employees instead could pay for such procedures through supplemental coverage, provided by a third party. [...]
Predictably, the ACLU cheered the state’s decision to force insurers to cover elective abortions as “basic health care services”:
“The immediate effect of the agency’s guidance is to restore insurance benefits for the staff and faculty,” said ACLU-Northern California attorney Maggie Crosby. “Childbearing is a personal decision, abortion is a basic health care, and control of reproduction is critical to women’s autonomy.”