San Jose Mercury News
(San Jose, CA)
Health insurance companies in California can no longer sell health care plans that discriminate against women by limiting or excluding abortion coverage, Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration said Friday.
The president of The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights immediately issued a statement Friday saying that Catholic universities “have a right and a duty to uphold the tenets of their faith in everything they do.
“Paying for abortions is in direct conflict with the teachings of the Catholic Church,” Bill Donohue said in the statement.
“Not only is this decision morally obscene, it violates the religious liberties of Catholic institutions. The universities should now sue on First Amendment grounds. Perhaps a judge can educate the Brown administration on the need to keep church and state separate.”