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Feedback? October 25, 2014

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A recent regulatory change in California now requires all employer health plans in the state — including those offered by churches and faith-based organizations — to cover elective abortions, according to a conservative legal firm.

Casey Mattox, senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, told TheBlaze Thursday that the regulatory amendment requiring abortion coverage was made by California’s Department of Managed Health Care.

The abortion policy immediately took effect August 22, with the government giving 90 additional days for the language in health care plans to officially change, according to state documents.

Mattox explained this week in a story for The Federalist that the change resulted from “the insistence of the American Civil Liberties Union,” with California officials subsequently deciding that elective abortion now falls under “basic health services” in the state.

But Mattox told TheBlaze that this regulatory situation is curious, as churches are now exempt from providing contraception, but not abortion.

“Churches are exempt from both state and federal … mandates,” he said. “They don’t have to provide contraception, but they have to provide abortion.”

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