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Government Moves to Defend Conscience-based Health Care

Jan. 18, 2019, 8:42 PM

The federal government is increasing enforcement against health-care employers and state agencies that punish providers or workers who oppose abortion, or take other conscience-based stances.

A final rule from the HHS Office for Civil Rights designed to protect health-care workers’ freedom of conscience is in its final stage: review by the White House Office of Management and Budget.

The OCR says the final rule is necessary to protect anti-abortion health-care employees from “unlawful discrimination, coercion and hostility.”

The rule will also protect people who express objections to assisted suicide, who want to refrain from some forms of mandated care, and...

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