November 11, 2019

Judge Strikes Down Trump Regulations Protecting Doctors' Conscience Rights

Federal District Judge Paul Engelmayer struck down Trump administration regulations designed to protect the conscience rights of medical professionals who choose not to kill preborn children or refer their mothers to abortionists who would.

The Hill Reported:
"District Judge Paul Engelmayer invalidated the rule on multiple grounds, including a finding that it violated the Constitution’s spending clause by allowing the administration to cut off funds approved by Congress to providers who do not comply with the rule by forcing employees to perform services to which they object.
A number of states, including New York, as well as Planned Parenthood and other groups had sued over the rule, which was scheduled to go into effect on Nov. 22. 
They argued the rule would allow for discrimination in the name of religious freedom."
Of course, without the rule, the medical field can discriminate against those who hold religious beliefs against abortion.

“This rule ensures that healthcare entities and professionals won’t be bullied out of the health care field because they decline to participate in actions that violate their conscience, including the taking of human life,” said Office of Civil Rights Director Roger Severino. “Protecting conscience and religious freedom not only fosters greater diversity in health care, it’s the law.

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