California Officials To Pay $1.4M To Churches After Abortion Mandate Backfires

  • California officials have agreed to pay $1.4 million in legal fees for churches that pushed back against a state mandate that abortions be covered in health insurance plans.
  • Attorneys with the nonprofit Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) successfully resolved two lawsuits dating back to 2015 and 2016 involving four churches that objected to the abortion-coverage mandate, the nonprofit legal organization announced last week.
  • Foothill Church in Glendora, Calvary Chapel of Chino Hills in Chino and Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch sued in 2015 over the mandate from the Department of Managed Health Care. Mary Watanabe, director of the department, was named as a defendant.
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