The Office of Civil Rights within the Department of Health and Human Services is taking the side of pro-life advocates who say they have been compelled to effectively support abortion.
In a statement on the HHS website, the OCR announced that it will “disallow $200 million in federal Medicaid funds going to California in the upcoming quarter due to the state illegally mandating that all health care plans subject to regulation by the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) cover abortion without exclusion or limitation.”
The HHS ruling gives California the option of dropping coercive language or losing more money.
“If the State does not come into compliance, additional disallowances will be imposed at a rate of $200 million per quarter,” read the statement, which, in summing up, said the action was “due to [California’s] unlawful abortion insurance mandate.”
In a separate case, HHS announced that the University of Vermont Medical Center will be sued by the Department of Justice, saying that the medical center “unlawfully forced a nurse to assist in an elective abortion procedure over the nurse’s conscience-based objections and has refused to change its policies to prevent future coercion.”