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California defies threat of fund loss over abortion coverage

Posted at 8:00 AM, Jan 25, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's Democratic leaders were defiant Friday after the Trump administration threatened to cut federal health care funding to the nation's most populous state over its requirement that insurance plans cover abortions.

Friday's announcement came hours before President Donald Trump became the first president to address participants in the anti-abortion March for Life in person.

He spoke after the federal Health and Human Services Department gave California 30 days to comply with a federal law.

That law bars federal health care funding from states that practice "discrimination" against a health care organization on the basis that it does not provide coverage of abortions.