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Pastor Would Rather Go to Jail than Obey State Mandate to Provide Abortion Coverage

  • Carrie Dedrick
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2014 Nov 13
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A pastor in California says that he would choose jail time over providing church employees with abortion coverage in their health insurance. Pastor Jack Hibbs is strongly opposed to the state mandate which requires all employers to cover abortion procedures in employee health plans. 


Christian Today reports that the pastor of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills has now joined forces with six other churches to challenge the new mandate. The churches hired Alliance Defending Freedom and Life Legal Defense Foundation to argue that the state mandate is a violation of their religious freedom. 


Hibbs said, "I felt violated; I felt forced. I love America and I love American history, and I have a lot of invested interest in defending the unborn." 


The pastor said he will stop at nothing to maintain his biblical stance on abortion. 


"We will take this to the point of being jailed, if necessary, being arrested, if necessary - whatever it takes," he said. "I cannot violate my biblical worldview.  Once I have to do that, I no longer live in the United States our founding fathers gave me." 


"God is the engineer of life - he's the giver of life.  I cannot think of a human being more defenseless than an unborn baby.”



Publication date: November 13, 2014