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Biden Reverses Trump’s Pro-Life Conscience Protections for Healthcare Workers

A new Biden administration rule erodes crucial conscience rights for healthcare workers, sparking a backlash.

The Biden administration has effectively declared war on the conscience rights of healthcare professionals. By rolling back crucial Trump-era protections, the administration has stripped medical workers of their right to refuse participation in procedures like abortions and sterilizations that clash with their religious or moral beliefs. This decision marks a severe departure from respecting individual conscience in healthcare, a cornerstone of medical ethics.

Under the Trump administration, healthcare workers were safeguarded against being compelled to perform procedures that violated their conscience. The policy has now been eroded by the Biden administration’s new rule. This act of suppression has not only outraged conservatives but also raised alarms about the diminishing space for moral and religious considerations in healthcare.

Roger Severino, the former director of the HHS Office of Civil Rights under President Trump, has been vocal in his criticism. Severino highlights the administration’s blatant disregard for several conscience protection statutes enacted by Congress. He argues that this move is a thinly-veiled attempt to expand abortion access, undermining the very essence of healthcare – to do no harm.

The Biden administration’s rule comes at a time when many states are imposing strict limitations on abortions and gender transition medicine for minors. While HHS OCR director Melanie Fontes Rainer claims the rule is an effort to balance the rights of healthcare providers and patients, the conservative community sees it as a direct attack on religious freedom and the sanctity of life.

Notably, the endorsement of this rule by Alexis McGill Johnson, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, is seen as a clear indication of its pro-abortion stance. This endorsement contradicts the administration’s claim of the rule being conscience-neutral.

Legal advocacy groups like Alliance Defending Freedom argue that forcing medical professionals to act against their ethical and religious beliefs is a violation of their constitutional rights. The Biden administration’s action is perceived as a significant step backward in protecting these fundamental freedoms.

This regulatory shift is not just an isolated policy change; it is a symptom of a larger issue – the relegation of conscience and religious freedom in the hierarchy of civil rights. Severino’s call for congressional intervention highlights the urgency to address this injustice and restore the dignity of healthcare workers who hold deep moral and religious convictions.

The Biden administration’s rule must be reversed because it is not just an affront to those who value life and religious liberty; it is a dangerous precedent that undermines the very foundation of ethical healthcare.

Jay Shepard

Jay Shepard

Jay is a Director of The American Center for Education and Knowledge, a 501-c3 non-profit committed to protecting the ideals of individual rights, freedom of will and personal responsibility while defending American exceptionalism. Jay was elected as the National Committeeman to the Republican National Committee for Vermont in both 2012, 2016 and 2020.