As we await a determination by the California Supreme Court whether Judges can participate in the Boy Scouts of America (and by clear implication the Catholic Church), an Orange County Religious non-profit serving minor girls has been advised that it MUST dispense contraceptives (to the minor girls who agree to abstinence and cannot lawfully consent to sex), another California political appointee has “discovered” that a 1975 law and the California Constitution mandate abortion coverage in every Health Plan offered in the State of California.
Unfortunately the Federal statute that protected Hobby Lobby and the Little Sisters of the Poor does not apply to the State of California and we are left to challenge this latest affront to our Religious Liberty without the benefit of the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision.
As such participation by Catholics and Catholics Institutions would be immoral, such Catholics are forced to choose between forgoing health coverage (which itself may be illegal) or violating their DEEPLY held religious beliefs.
This decision by the Director of the State Department of Managed Health Care comes after several months of loud protests by pro-abortion advocates, of Santa Clara and Loyola Marymount Universities offering Health Coverage that excluded the morally offensive services.
The decision is so patently politically motivated, its legal rationale so contrived, that once again the Rule Of Law in this great land is brought into question, leaving us all to the whim of political power.
We will keep you apprised and STMS lawyers are reviewing legal remedies. St Thomas More, Pray for Us.
- Greg Weiler, President