Some California Catholics now face a dilemma between standing strong on their faith and having health insurance that goes against their religious beliefs. In recent days, Gov. Jerry Brown has mandated coverage for abortions in insurance policies for two Catholic universities.
Gov. Brown’s push to allow abortion coverage in health insurance plans targets Los Angeles-based Loyola Marymount University and Santa Clara University.
David Luke, co-founder of Renew LMC, told the Catholic News Agency, “California Catholics are no longer safe to practice their faith within their own institutions. Gov. Brown's decision demonstrates that, in California, tolerance does not extend to people of faith and moral conscience.”
Like many institutions that were founded on Christian principles, most have given way to cultural pressures to remove all expression of biblical values.
“Luke's group aims for the renewal of Catholic identity at the Los Angeles-based Loyola Marymount University, from which he graduated in 1993,” reports CNA.
National Right to Life contends the move in California likely opens the door for similar abortion coverage in other states.
“Religious freedom means nothing to those who wish to use health care to impose their secularist world view on everyone,” Wesley J. Smith wrote in an editorial. “What starts in California doesn’t stay in California. Forced abortion coverage will be the next front in the war against religious freedom.”
Publication date: August 28, 2014