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Immaculata Church on the campus of the University of San Diego.

Analysis: Do California’s Catholic universities have to include abortion in their health plans?

Aug 21, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

While state law mandates coverage of abortion and transgender treatments, insurance industry experts say colleges and universities may have options. Read more

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Former HHS official: Becerra must be questioned over conscience violations

Feb 24, 2021

By Matt Hadro

President Biden’s health secretary nominee must be held accountable for forcing California Catholic nuns to cover abortions, said a former... Read more

The flag of California.

Federal appeals court hears arguments over California abortion mandate

Nov 20, 2020

By Matt Hadro

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments on Friday in the case of California churches against the state’s abortion... Read more

California state capitol.

California doubles down on rule forcing Catholic nuns to pay for abortion

Feb 24, 2020

By Kevin J. Jones

Facing the threat of major cuts to federal HHS funds, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has said the state will... Read more

An entrance to Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Calif.

Catholic uni reform triggered California abortion mandate that violated federal law

Feb 23, 2020

By Kevin J. Jones

A California rule to require abortion coverage in health care plans now faces scrutiny from federal officials who say it... Read more

The California capitol building.

How California's abortion mandate trampled on Catholic nuns

Feb 19, 2020

By Kevin J. Jones

California could lose federal funds for requiring employer health plans to cover elective abortion, federal officials have said.  Read more

Donald Trump at the RNC in Cleveland, Ohio, July 2016.

California abortion mandate violates federal law, Trump administration says

Jan 24, 2020

The Trump administration has said that California state policies violate federal law for requiring abortion coverage in religious groups’ health... Read more

Emails show Planned Parenthood behind California rule to make churches pay for abortions

Apr 5, 2019

A 2014 California rule forcing religious groups, including churches, to cover elective abortions for employees was the result of direct... Read more

D.C. skyline.

New HHS department created to protect religious freedom

Jan 18, 2018

By Courtney Mares

A new division at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will work to ensure the protection of... Read more


Doctors who object to abortion need more legal protections, bishops say

Feb 13, 2017

By CNA Staff

Objectors to abortion need stronger conscience protections in federal law, the U.S. bishops have said in a letter to Congress... Read more

California Capitol.

The pro-life law that was killed in California

Jul 8, 2016

Churches and other organizations in California will be forced to buy insurance plans that cover abortions due to the Obama... Read more

In 'shocking' move, California churches forced to cover abortions

Jun 22, 2016

The Obama administration has rejected a challenge to the State of California’s requirement that health care plans include abortion coverage.... Read more

Loyola Marymount University.

Calif. abortion mandate deemed a 'flagrant violation' of civil rights

Oct 3, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

The California government “directly targeted” two Catholic universities and violated federally guaranteed civil rights by ordering their health insurance plans... Read more

Loyola Marymount University.

Outcry flares over Calif. abortion push in Catholic colleges

Aug 26, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

Amid backlash from religious liberty and education advocates, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown's administration has ordered abortion coverage in health insurance... Read more