LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Kevin Eckery said the Catholic order of religious sisters isn’t interested in “sparking a huge cultural war.”

They also don’t want to punish anybody, said Eckery, a communications consultant.

But — whether they wanted it or not — a culture war might be upon them.

It has been more than four years since the Missionary Guadalupanas of the Holy Spirit first began their legal battle against California’s requirement that insurance plans cover abortions. For the most part, the sisters had hit brick walls and disappointments — until last month, when the Trump administration brought attention to their efforts and the state’s response.

In a Jan. 24 notice, the administration threatened to cut off federal health care funding if California didn’t comply

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