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New HHS rule restores conscience rights to health-care providers opposed to abortion

Priests for Life

Priests for Life, Titusville, FL
May 24, 2019
   
 

TITUSVILLE, FL -- Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today thanked the Trump administration for a new rule in the Department of Health and Human Services that would eliminate abortion from a non-discrimination clause in the Affordable Care Act.

During the Obama administration, HHS redefined discrimination “on the basis of sex” to include the termination of pregnancy, meaning that health care providers and insurance companies could not refuse to provide or pay for abortion.

Two federal courts put that rule on hold and it has never been enforced. The new rule, announced by HHS today, removes termination of pregnancy from the Obama-era definition of sex-based discrimination.

“This new rule restores conscience rights to health-care providers who cannot take part in abortion because of their deeply held religious beliefs,” Father Pavone said. “It also restores some commonsense to the government’s understanding of the term ‘sex’ as a basic biological distinction between human beings. This is a common-sense adjustment to a rule that the Obama administration came up with as a way to circumvent the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

“At Priests for Life, we thank President Donald Trump for continuing to protect both the sanctity of life and the conscience rights of all Americans.”

 

Priests for Life is the world’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated exclusively to ending abortion. For more information, visit www.EndAbortion.US.

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