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Trump administration creates new religious, moral protections for health workers

The Trump administration is moving to strengthen the rights of health care workers who have religious and moral objections to certain procedures such as abortions.


The Trump administration is moving to strengthen the rights of health care workers who have religious and moral objections to certain procedures such as abortions.


A policy announced Thursday would finalize broad rules to protect health workers and institutions from having to violate their religious or moral beliefs by participating in abortions, providing contraception, sterilization, or other procedures.


President Trump first made the announcement in the Rose Garden during a ceremony for the National Day of Prayer. 


The rule represents a major victory for Christian and anti-abortion groups that are close allies of the administration.


The rules also align with the new mission statement of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR), which was revised this week to emphasize a focus on protecting “conscience and free exercise of religion.”


“Finally, laws prohibiting government funded discrimination against conscience and religious freedom will be enforced like every other civil rights law,” said OCR Director Roger Severino. “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."

Original post can be found at The Hill