Sacramento, Calif., Apr 4, 2017 / 08:47 am
A proposed California law has targeted faith-based employers' codes of conduct in the name of reproductive health, the California Catholic Conference has said.
"The bill impacts all employers, but seems to attack and diminish the conscience and religious liberty rights of faith-based organizations," Sandra Palacios, associate director for governmental relations at the California Catholic Conference, told CNA April 3.
"The bill targets and seeks to eliminate the ability of religious employers to enforce faith-based code of conduct standards," she said. "As one of the most family-friendly religious employers in our state and across the nation, we welcome an opportunity for further dialogue on the bill with the author and her staff."
Assembly Bill 569 would bar requiring an employee to sign a waiver or other document that "purports to deny any employee the right to make his or her own reproductive health care decisions," its summary says.