The Trump administration announced on Wednesday, Dec. 16, concrete action aimed at protecting entities that seek to prevent abortions in the state of California. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will block $200 million in federal Medicaid funds, accusing the state of imposing state laws on abortion that are contrary to established federal standards.
In a press release HHS said it would block $200 million in federal Medicaid funds scheduled for California “because the state illegally requires all health care plans subject to regulation by the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) to cover abortion without exclusion or limitation.
The statement also reported that among the irregularities is the case of a nurse at the University of Vermont Medical Center who was allegedly forced to assist in an elective abortion, without respect for her freedom of conscience. The case was referred to the Department of Justice.
“California and the University of Vermont Medical Center have violated federal conscience laws and refused to work with us to take corrective action, so we are now taking action to hold them to account,” HHS Secretary Alex Azar said.
The Office of Civil Rights, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, initially investigated California based on complaints filed by a Catholic order of religious sisters and a nonprofit Christian church that opposed “paying for elective abortion insurance for themselves and their colleagues the statement said.
“Regardless of what one thinks about the legality of abortion, no one should be punished for refusing to pay for or helping to take a human life,” Roger Severino, director of the Office of Civil Rights, said in the statement.
Vice President Pence gave a speech Wednesday morning, in which he highlighted the “great progress” made by the Trump administration on the issue of abortion and praised President Trump’s efforts to “save lives” during the CCP Virus pandemic.
During his speech, he quoted a phrase from President Trump when he first took office, “Everyone is worth protecting. Every human life, born and unborn, is made in the holy image of God Almighty.”
President Donald Trump, during his election campaign in 2016, ran as a pro-life candidate and for the last four years the facts show that he really acted accordingly.
In contrast, his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, as Obama’s vice president, defended abortion and the big corporations that made abortion an industry.
Biden has already announced that, in case justice fails to do its duty and despite evident electoral fraud, Xavier Becerra will be in charge of HHS. Several Catholic and conservative organizations have already criticized Becerra’s appointment as an outspoken abortion advocate who will surely try to reverse all the pro-life advances made by the Trump administration.