Trump administration demands change to Calif. abortion policy

Antiabortion marchers rally at the Supreme Court during the 46th annual March for Life in Washington on Jan. 18, 2019. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Should people who do not want to kill unborn children be forced to, to stay in business in the United States?

California Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein says, “Yes.”

During last week’s March for Life, the Trump administration demanded that California end its requirement that all private health insurers in the state pay for abortions.

“You cannot discriminate against people who don’t want to perform abortions,” Department of Health and Human Services Roger Severino said. Severino heads the Civil Rights Division of the DHHS.

According to FOX 31 Denver, Severino’s office sent California a notice giving the state 30 days to change its policy, calling the requirement a violation of civil rights.

Feinstein, however, says her state’s law guarantees women the option to have an abortion if they want to.

“I don’t think the government should regulate a woman’s reproductive system,” Feinstein said of the requirement that private health insurers pay for abortions.

If California doesn’t change its abortion coverage law, the Trump administration declared, federal funding to the state will be cut and a lawsuit will be filed.

But state officials have already said they’ll continue to require health insurers to enable abortion procedures.

Several other states have similar laws to California’s. New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, also a Democrat, says not requiring businesses to participate in abortions constitutes taking states’ rights away.

“So if your goal, Mr. President, is to lower rates of abortion in this country, don’t take away women’s rights. Give them access to health care. Give them access to family planning,” Booker said.

California is the first state to receive the Trump administration warning.


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