NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Trump administration stated on Friday that California can not require well being insurers to cowl abortions and threatened to chop some federal healthcare funds except it pulls that requirement.
The U.S. Division of Well being and Human Companies (HHS) issued a discover that the state is violating a federal regulation known as the Weldon Modification. The discover of violation comes as the results of an investigation by HHS’ Workplace for Civil Rights.
“Nobody in America must be pressured to pay for or cowl different individuals’s abortions,” Roger Severino, director of HHS’ Workplace for Civil Rights, stated in an announcement.
HHS stated it might restrict some funds the division sends to the state if California doesn’t guarantee it inside 30 days that it’ll come into compliance with the regulation. It didn’t specify which funds, or how a lot, it might lower.
The announcement comes as U.S. President Donald Trump is anticipated to be the primary American president to attend the annual “March for Life” to be held in Washington on Friday, underscoring his outspoken help for the anti-abortion motion.
A consultant for California’s lawyer normal couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.