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Trump Defends Doctors’ Freedom of Religion

The Trump administration defended the rights of medical workers on Thursday with a new rule preventing a worker from being forced to provide (or refer patients to) abortion, sterilization, sex change surgery, or medically assisted suicide if doing so violates their faith. “The final rule fulfills President Trump’s promise to promote and protect the fundamental and unalienable rights of conscience and religious liberty,” explained HHS. In cases where healthcare providers, employers, and insurers encounter such situations, they are able to file with the Health and Human Services’ Conscience and Religious Freedom Division. Planned Parenthood isn’t taking the decision lightly, with its president Dr. Leana Wen saying, “No one should be denied the right to health care based on the personal beliefs of politicians.”

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

The Trump administration on Thursday added protections for medical workers so they won’t be forced to provide or refer to abortion, sterilization, or medically assisted suicide if doing so violates their faith.

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“The final rule fulfills President Trump’s promise to promote and protect the fundamental and unalienable rights of conscience and religious liberty,” officials from the Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement.

The rule will let healthcare providers, employers, and insurers file with the agency’s Office for Civil Rights when they encounter situations in which they are compelled to provide, discuss, or refer for the services. The Trump administration added the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division to the agency last year to investigate such violations.

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