Trump To Protect US Health Workers Who Oppose Abortion

Jan 21, 2018, 01:23
Trump To Protect US Health Workers Who Oppose Abortion

"He said, 'We're a nation of tolerance and that we will not allow people of faith to be bullied or targeted anymore, '" Severino said.

Additionally, [O'Connor] has ordered that the Department of Health and Human Services can not interpret prohibitions on sex discrimination in health care programs to cover gender identity, and the Department is abiding by that order as required.

HHS Acting Secretary Eric Hargan said during a media briefing that the new initiative simply follows an executive order issued a year ago by President Trump, who said that people of faith would no longer be bullied or silenced. "That promise is being kept today", stated Hargan in a statement released Thursday. Cenzon-DeCarlo filed an OCR complaint that was not addressed until 2013. James Lankford, R-Okla. If a gay or transgender person came to the hospital with, say, pneumonia, I would expect healthcare workers - even those with traditional religious beliefs - to treat that person just as they would any other patient with pneumonia.

But Severino said the new division would ensure Americans aren't afraid to live out their faith in the public square.

"The new division will make sure we don't repeat the mistakes of past, that we will focus on enforcement, outreach and policymaking", OCR director Roger Severino said at a Thursday press conference.

More news: Ivana Trump Says Donald's Not Racist, Just Confused

"No one's medical choices should be limited by somebody else's religious beliefs".

Hartzler recalled the case of Cathy Cenzon-DeCarlo, a nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital in NY who sued after being forced to help perform a second-term abortion in 2009, as The Washington Post reported.

How or if the new division affects healthcare providers and hospital operations is not yet known.

But the division also brought some controversy, provoking a small protest outside HHS offices by liberal feminist groups. As Acting Secretary Hargan made clear, it also applies to medical students who have such objections.

The Office of Civil Rights has received a growing number of complaints involving religious and conscience rights since November 2016. In such situations, patients could suffer, and health care workers could violate professional or ethical obligations.

More news: Mnuchin sees $1 trillion revenue growth from United States tax overhaul

The Trump administration posits the move will allow for greater religious freedom but some providers are skeptical and anxious the move will block care services to certain populations. "This grossly misnamed division represents the opposite". "Concerned Women for America members and particularly those who serve as medical professionals strongly support the rights of conscience".

But groups like Planned Parenthood slammed the move, saying the new division could lead to women, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized groups being denied necessary treatment. Rather than respect the diversity of opinions on sensitive and controversial health care issues, the proposed regulations endorse and enforce one side of the debate and trample on the freedom of conscience of many in the medical community. Harper Jean Tobin of the National Center for Transgender Equality said:This is the use of religion to hurt people because you disapprove of who they are.

"As a physician, my most important concern is that people can get the timely, high-quality healthcare they need without stigma or obstacles", said Lealah Pollock, MD, a family physician and fellow at the organization. As Politico notes, this included refusing to provide birth control, refusing treatment for HIV and AIDS, denying fertility treatment to lesbian couples, or not providing ambulance transportation for someone planning to seek an abortion.

Once again, the Trump-Pence administration has shown they will do everything in their power to undermine the health and survival of transgender people.

More news: Mario Tennis Aces: Trailer, Release Date & First Details

loading...
YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
  • US Withholding Added $45 Million in Palestinian Aid, Sources Say

    US Withholding Added $45 Million in Palestinian Aid, Sources Say

    She said that while UNRWA reforms were a condition of releasing more money, the aid decision was "not aimed at punishing" anyone. Washington announced on Tuesday it would provide $60 million to the UNRWA while keeping back a further $ 65 million for now.
    Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan dead at 46

    Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan dead at 46

    Her three bandmates said in a tweet that they were devastated at the passing of an "extraordinary talent". Police had initially treated Dolores' death as "unexplained" but have since said it was "non-suspicious".
    Rebekah Shelton is NOT dead

    Rebekah Shelton is NOT dead

    When asked if she'd ever had regrets about transitioning, she said: "As soon as I left intensive care I felt that pain". In 2016, she appeared on ITV's Judge Rinder show (similar to Judge Judy in the US), and talked about her transition.
  • Bournemouth come from behind to beat lacklustre Arsenal

    Bournemouth come from behind to beat lacklustre Arsenal

    After eight minutes he received the ball in the box - twisting and turning - then striking an effort against the cross bar. Bournemouth restored parity on 70 minutes as Callum Wilson turned home Ryan Fraser's cross to draw the hosts level, 1-1.
    Investment Research Analysts Opinion: Independence Realty Trust, Inc. (IRT), Xilinx, Inc. (XLNX)

    Investment Research Analysts Opinion: Independence Realty Trust, Inc. (IRT), Xilinx, Inc. (XLNX)

    The stock 0.12% or $0 during the last trading session, reaching $0.017. (NYSE: DLR ) shares Dropped -1.46% to close at $107.94. Security Capital Research & Management Inc increased Vornado Rlty Tr (VNO) stake by 5.65% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing.
    Ohio Department of Health reports second pediatric death in the state

    Ohio Department of Health reports second pediatric death in the state

    The vaccination is available at most healthcare providers' offices, local health departments and retail pharmacies. The three flu-related deaths are the first ones in Tarrant County in a flu season that has gripped North Texas.
  • Amazon Hikes Price Of Monthly Prime Subscriptions By $2.00

    Amazon Hikes Price Of Monthly Prime Subscriptions By $2.00

    Amazon Prime , like many other services out there, offers a monthly subscription to help break up the cost of a service. We have expanded Prime Free Same-Day and Prime Free One-Day delivery to more than 8,000 cities and towns.
    Earthquake-causing meteor leaves southeast MI  residents awestruck

    Earthquake-causing meteor leaves southeast MI residents awestruck

    Residents across the city started reporting about the bright flash and boom to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Detroit . However, the measurement doesn't exactly indicate the energy that the meteor released.
    Padmaavat finally gets official release date

    Padmaavat finally gets official release date

    Despite Karni Sena threatening to stall theatres screening Padmavat , UP government has given a green signal to the film so far. Paramount Pictures will distribute the film across select global markets, including non-traditional territories.
  • Several dead as gunmen attack top Kabul hotel, take hostages

    Several dead as gunmen attack top Kabul hotel, take hostages

    Captain Tom Gresback, spokesman for the NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan said they were also watching closely. Reports say insurgents have entered the building as police have cordoned off the area, APA reports quoting Sputnik.
    Apple to add 20000 new jobs

    Apple to add 20000 new jobs

    The location of the new campus - which will initially house technical support for customers - will be announced later this year. They often contain lots of bluster about the wonderful things a given company does for the economy.
    Palestinian president denounces Trump's peace plan as 'the slap of the century'

    Palestinian president denounces Trump's peace plan as 'the slap of the century'

    And we have now said "no" to Trump and others. "We told him the deal of the century was the slap of the century". Even so, Abbas reaffirmed his commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
popular