The following comes from a March 4 story on the website of the Cardinal Newman Society.
California’s coercive abortion mandate—which would force two Catholic universities and other organizations to violate their beliefs and provide health coverage for elective abortions—is still under investigation by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and some are criticizing the administration for taking too much time, according to Washington Examiner.
California’s Department of Managed Health Care under Governor Jerry Brown’s administration announced last August that all health insurance plans must include elective abortions, regardless of moral opposition from religiously-affiliated institutions or organizations. The move provoked backlash, as a religious exemption was not included, thereby affecting many organizations, including the Catholic universities Santa Clara and Loyola Marymount.
Casey Mattox, an attorney for Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing several of the complainants, reportedly stated: “It’s puzzling it’s taking them six months for them to weigh in at all.” Mattox relayed to Examiner that the HHS Office of Civil Rights informed him of its investigation back in December but that an answer or even a possible timeline for a response has still not been given.
“It is something we take very seriously,” Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell reportedly told the House Appropriations Committee. “We are moving to do that investigation expeditiously.”
In her meeting with congressional panels, Burwell conveyed that the investigators had been asked “to act with ‘due speed’” regarding the complaints against the coercive mandate that had been filed in California, according to the Examiner….