Foothill Church v. Rouillard
Description: The California Department of Managed Health Care is forcing churches to pay for elective abortions in their health insurance plans. Its mandate forces all insurance plans to cover all abortions. The state doesn’t force churches to pay for contraceptive coverage but nonetheless requires them to pay for elective abortion coverage.
Churches to court: Stop California agency from forcing us to provide abortion
WHO: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys
WHAT: Available for media interviews following oral arguments in Foothill Church v. Rouillard
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 20, immediately following hearing, which begins at 1 p.m. PST
WHERE: Oral argument can be heard via livestream (once posted, look for “San Francisco Courtroom 3 1:00 PM Friday 11/20”; to schedule an interview, contact ADF Media Relations Specialist Alice Chao at (202) 734-8987 or submit a request online
Foothill Church in Glendora, Calvary Chapel Chino Hills in Chino, and The Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch are challenging the department’s mandate on appeal in Foothill Church v. Rouillard.
“The government shouldn’t be forcing churches to pay for abortion,” said ADF Senior Counsel Jeremiah Galus, who will argue before the court. “We are asking the 9th Circuit to invalidate this unconstitutional mandate because California officials are required to follow the law and legal precedent, not the dictates of groups that have an axe to grind against religious organizations that don’t share their views on abortion.”
As revealed in e-mails that Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys who represent the churches discovered, the agency issued its mandate in response to specific demands from Planned Parenthood. Those demands asked agency officials to implement a “fix” requiring the health plans of religious organizations to include coverage for abortion, regardless of moral or conscientious objections and despite state recognition up to that point that religious groups shouldn’t be subject to such requirements. The abortion giant threatened to promote its own legislative “solution” if the administrative agency didn’t act, so DMHC issued its mandate in 2014.
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Jeremiah Galus serves as senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, where he is a key member of the Center for Christian Ministries. Since joining ADF in 2015, Galus has focused on protecting the freedom of Christian ministries, schools, and churches to exercise their faith without government interference. Prior to joining ADF, Galus worked as an attorney with a large law firm in Washington, D.C., where he focused on complex civil litigation before state and federal trial and appellate courts. Galus also served as a prosecutor for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office in Arizona. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2009 and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in government and political affairs from Millersville University in 2006. Galus also completed the ADF leadership development program to become a Blackstone Fellow in 2007 and is a member of the state bar in Arizona, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia.