The Trump Administration is threatening to hold back federal funds from California over a state law that mandates insurance providers to cover abortion in all of their health plan options.
The Department of Health and Human Services is arguing that this insurance requirement forces individuals to pay for other people’s abortions hence violating existing federal laws. California has 30 days to change its state regulations or risk losing some federal health care funding.
The Governor of California, Gavin Newsom (D), has stated that “California will continue to protect a woman’s right to choose, and we won’t back down from defending reproductive freedom for everybody.” The California Attorney General has also spoken out in defense of the state law saying, “The President and VP are once again attacking women’s health in order to grandstand at today’s anti-choice rally.”
There are a total of six states that require health insurances to cover abortions. California is the first state to be targeted with the threat of withholding federal funds, the administration has not stated whether or not they will proceed to the other five states.