A member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is blasting officials in California and the District of Columbia for measures requiring employers to fund abortion, even though a related federal mandate was ruled illegal. Commissioner Peter Kirsanow, who explained he was writing as “one member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and not on behalf of the commission as a whole,” told officials their work is threatening the religious liberty of employers.
Kirsanow told Shelley Rouillard of the California agency that while the Supreme Court has ruled women have a “right” to abortion, “their fellow citizens will not be required to pay for their abortions.”
“California is displaying … contempt for religious liberty,” Kirsanow wrote, referencing a state regulation that appears to violate the federal Weldon Amendment. The amendment prevents federal tax dollars from subsidizing a state that displays disregard for religious liberty by forcing health care entities to support abortion.
In short, he said, a state that violates religious liberties in this way forfeits federal aid and assistance.
“What California may not do is take billions of dollars in federal money while flouting a federal statute that forbids it from discriminating against individuals and organizations that do not wish to pay for or facilitate abortions.”
Kirasnow said the issue is “less what California law requires but what federal law requires.”
He also warned that the proposal “threatens the religious liberty of employers in the district and I urge the council not to enact it.”
Also the Alliance Defending Freedom, which is already pursuing a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services over California’s plan and also has written D.C. officials. Meanwhile the Supreme Court ruled in the Hobby Lobby case that the government is limited when it demands that employers with religious objections to abortion pay for abortion-causing drugs. The decision was a huge loss for the Obamacare law and Barack Obama’s pro-abortion agenda.