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The NCHLA just issued an Action Alert urging passage of the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act; a description is below.
The NCHLA encourages people to contact their Representatives and Senators. Please see
Recently, the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) ordered all health plans under its jurisdiction to provide coverage for all abortions. Other states are considering similar proposals.
California’s action violates federal law. The Weldon Amendment, a part of appropriations law since 2004, provides that governmental bodies receiving federal funding may not discriminate against a health care entity that "does not provide, pay for, provide coverage, or refer for abortions." But Weldon lacks effective enforcement and has been subject to legal challenges. The Abortion Non-Discrimination Act (ANDA) addresses these problems. In a November 17 letter to Congress, the U.S. bishops urge Congress to incorporate ANDA into must-pass funding legislation at the earliest possible opportunity.