California demurs from the Trump administration’s position that the State’s mandate to insurers that they must cover abortion violates Federal law. The administration has said it will withhold Federal funding from the State if it doesn’t correct its insurer demand.
The objection to the Trump administration position offered by California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra, though, is especially disingenuous.
The Trump Administration’s threats not only put women’s health on the line, but illegally threaten crucial public health funding that Californians rely on.
For one thing, if the good citizens of California rely on crucial public health funding, then California should provide it. The citizens of the other States of our nation should not be held accountable for the California government’s spending and revenue decisions.
The larger thing, though is Becerra’s women’s health grandstand. Abortion has much, much more to do with the baby’s health than it has with the mother’s health. While pregnancy can threaten a woman’s health, these are extremely rare cases, and they should be handled on the rare case by case basis in which they exist. Funding for and insurance coverage of these few exceptions can be handled in other guises than funding abortions with Federal dollars.