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California to Catholic Colleges: Any Abortion. Any Time. Period.

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August 28, 2014

The California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) - bowing to political pressure from Planned Parenthood and its supporters – has told health insurers that they cannot sell two Catholic universities any product that does not cover all abortions for employees.

The notice contradicts the Department’s own ruling earlier in the year that Jesuit-run Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles and Santa Clara University are within the law by offering health plans that do not cover elective abortions.

California’s attempt to reverse course is expected to set in motion one or more legal battles. Regulation of managed health care plans is governed by the Knox Keene Act, enacted by California in 1975. DMHC contends that the law and several Supreme Court rulings support the inclusion of abortion in managed health care plans.

Once again, despite virtually unrestricted access to abortion for girls and women in California, proponents of abortion are trying to force their view on Catholic institutions.   Even the Patient Protect and Affordable Care Act does not enact such a draconian rule. The Federal law mandates at least one plan be available in each state that excludes most abortion coverage.