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U.S. government creates health division for ‘religious freedom’

18 Jan

Great news!
 

The U.S. government will create a division within its health agency that focuses on guaranteeing “conscience and religious freedom” for health workers who say their beliefs prevent them from carrying out abortions and other procedures.
 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement on Thursday that the creation of the new division in its Office of Civil Rights would give it “the focus it needs to more vigorously and effectively enforce existing laws protecting the rights of conscience and religious freedom.”

 

The effort is likely to please conservative Christian activists, many of whom voted for President Donald Trump, and congressional Republicans but upset reproductive rights advocates and Democrats.

 

Politico reported on Wednesday that the department is aiming to give protections for workers who do not want to provide abortions, care for transgender patients, or perform other procedures because of moral or religious grounds.

 

The division would enforce that protection and conduct compliance reviews, audits and other enforcement actions to ensure that health care providers are allowing workers with religious or moral objections to opt out.

 

Trump last May signed an executive order called “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty”, which was followed by new rules aimed at removing a legal mandate that health insurance provide contraception. The creation of the division is in accordance with that order, according to HHS documents.

 
Good on Trump!

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6 Comments

Posted by on January 18, 2018 in America, good news, government, religion, The Kulturkampf

 

6 responses to “U.S. government creates health division for ‘religious freedom’

  1. Joe

    January 19, 2018 at 9:42 am

    I wonder if that will extend to those healthcare workers who don’t want a flu shot.

     
    • Will S.

      January 19, 2018 at 6:01 pm

      Problem is, if they contract flu, they could spread it to others, especially those in their care.

       
  2. feeriker

    January 20, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement on Thursday that the creation of the new division in its Office of Civil Rights would give it “the focus it needs to more vigorously and effectively enforce existing laws protecting the rights of conscience and religious freedom.”

    I trust these people as far as I can collectively throw them. This sounds like the perfect “honey pot” operation: identify those who don’t fit in, who are potential dissidents, and eliminate them when the time is right.

     
    • Will S.

      January 22, 2018 at 8:40 pm

      Hmm, hadn’t considered that.

       

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