We Will Not Comply: California Forces Churches to Directly Fund Abortions

Sacramento, CA – To the dismay of California’s people of faith, the California Department of Managed Health Care has reclassified abortion as a “basic health service” under the Affordable Care Act and ordered all insurance plans in the state to begin covering surgical abortions immediately. Even churches are not exempt from funding abortions.

Operation Rescue opposes this policy that forces men and women who deeply oppose abortion on religious grounds to fund surgical abortion in violation of their faith, and encourages others to oppose it as well.

“Since Obamacare was first introduced, we warned that the day could come when Christians would be required by the state to violate their consciences through forced payments for abortion,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Now, with this mandate in California that imposes forced abortion funding on churches, it has come time for men and women of faith to stand against this tyranny and refuse to comply with this unjust law that would make us accessories to the taking of innocent human life.”

Last year, Operation Rescue launched the “Pledge for the Preservation of Life and Liberty,” which has been signed by most of the nation’s best respected pro-life leaders.

This Pledge has been carefully crafted to stand as a ‘line in the sand’ regarding any scenario in which the Affordable Care Act forces individuals to participate – whether directly or indirectly – in the destruction of human life. In short, the pro-life movement has chosen one answer to being forced to fund abortion through healthcare: We will not comply.

“I have made the decision not to comply with any unjust law that would force me to pay for abortions – no matter the personal cost to me,” Newman said. “Instead, I have chosen to engage in peaceful civil disobedience rather than violate my faith and conscience. Those in California need to understand that this assault on our religious liberties is just the beginning. It will never end if we do not stand firm today and refuse to fund abortions. Religious freedom and the lives of babies that would be lost if we capitulate are more than worth the personal sacrifice. I invite Californians to join me in resisting this evil mandate.”

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Supreme Court Rules to Temporarily Allow Substandard Texas Abortion Centers To Reopen

Washington, DC — Late yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a terse, unsigned statement, that parts of the Texas abortion facility safety standard law could not be enforced. This will allow the 14 abortion clinics To reopen that closed earlier this month by a decision of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The ruling noted that Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Anton Scalia would have allowed the law to be enforced.

In addition to blocking the requirement that abortion clinics must meet Ambulatory Surgical Center standards, it also waived hospital privilege requirements for abortionists at clinics in El Paso and McAllen, but left that requirement in place elsewhere in the state.

“This decision by the Supreme Court places the profits of abortion businesses that cannot meet inimum safety standards above the lives of women,” said Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue. “We have seen first-hand through our investigations in Texas the conditions and practices that endanger women every day. We take some hope in the fact that this ruling is only temporary. We remain confident that the Texas law will be upheld once all the evidence is presented.”

Operation Rescue discovered that nearly 1,000 Texas women were being hospitalized each year in Texas prior to the passage of the clinic safety law, HB2. This was in sharp contrast to the false claims of safety put forth by the abortion facilities that sued to block the law.

“I doubt very much if Chief Justice Roberts, who allowed these abortion centers to reopen, would want a blind surgical procedure done on him or his family members in a facility that could not meet minimum standards by a doctor who could not qualify for hospital privileges. Yet, that is exactly what he is asking Texas women to do,” said Newman. “We also discovered that once the abortion clinics closed, there was very little delay in scheduling abortions, contrary to what the abortion businesses say. In some cases, they offered abortions the next day, so the argument that closing abortion facilities created an ‘undue burden’ is completely false.”

Operation Rescue discovered numerous violations at Texas abortion facilities during a 2011 investigation. As a result, fines were imposed on two abortionists and two Whole Women’s Health clinics where aborted baby remains had been illegally dumped.

Last year, Opeation Rescue released shocking evidence proved by former employees of Houston abortionist Douglas Karpan that indicated late term babies were being born alive during abortions and intentionally killed.

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New Book Reveals How Tiller’s Late-Term Abortion Clinic Really Closed and How That Success Can Be Replicated in Every Community

Washington, DC – Troy Newman and Cheryl Sullenger of Operation Rescue announce the release today of their new book, Abortion Free: Your Manual for Building a Pro-Life America One Community at a Time, published by WND Books, and available now on Amazon.com.

In it, Newman and Sullenger share a collection of experiences from the front lines in the battle for life that illustrate successful methods they have developed over decades of activism that are closing down abortion facilities and putting abortionists out of business around the nation. When abortion clinics close, lives are saved.

Abortion Free is the “definitive guidebook on how to expose and close abortion facilities,” said David Bereit, the national director of 40 Days for Life.

Newman and Sullenger are the experts on the subject. With the account of one of the nation’s most notorious abortionists, Kansas’ own George Tiller, as the backdrop, they share their more than fifty years of combined experience in shuttering dirty, life-threatening clinics in the first pro-life book that will teach you step-by-step what you can do to help close your local abortion clinic and make America abortion-free.

“This is not just another book to read, it is an action to take,” said Fr. Terry Gensemer, director of CEC for Life.

“Troy and Cheryl have done a brilliant job of turning the nation’s cavalier attitude toward killing babies in the womb into one of truly valuing unborn life. In this book you see not only their outstanding track record of boarding up the doors of the killing centers, but you learn how to board them up yourself. If you’re ready to do that and just need the right tools, here’s your tool box,” said Joseph M. Scheidler, National Director of Pro-Life Action League.

About the Authors:

Troy Newman has actively worked on behalf of the pre-born for over twenty years. Newman’s groundbreaking work has been featured in Rolling Stone magazine, the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and on CNN.

Cheryl Sullenger is the senior policy advisor to Operation Rescue. She has been involved in the pro-life movement for thirty years. Her sidewalk counseling ministry has saved over 2,500 lives. Sullenger is an accomplished writer and published editoralist who coauthored Their Blood Cries Out!

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