Yet another federal judge has struck down Trump administration rules that would protect healthcare providers from discrimination and being forced to participate in or make referrals for abortions.
According to Life News, current law has protected the rights of care providers to honor their consciences (to say nothing of their oath to “do no harm”) for over 30 years. A lack of regulation, however, has resulted in confusion in the healthcare industry, leaving doctors, nurses, and other care providers open to discrimination and punishment for refusing to submit to the culture of death.
This problem led to President Donald Trump’s new Department of Health and Human Services regulations which would strengthen existing federal laws that protect the conscience rights of healthcare workers.
20 states have filed suits challenging the HHS regulations, however, and earlier this month we reported that a federal judge in New York struck down the regulations.
Earlier this week, Life News reports that yet another federal judge in a notoriously leftist state—guess which one—has struck down the regulations:
Late Tuesday, another federal judge, located in liberal San Francisco, struck down Trump’s pro-life rule. U.S. District Judge William Alsup claimed Trump’s pro-life rule is invalid because it would let ambulance drivers refuse to take a woman for an emergency abortion — even though doctors have certified that killing a baby in an abortion is never medically necessary.
Under the new rule, Alsup wrote, “an ambulance driver would be free, on religious or moral grounds, to eject a patient en route to a hospital upon learning that the patient needed an emergency abortion.
Alsup is the third federal judge in the nation to strike down the rule. Similar decisions were issued by judges in New York City and Spokane, Wash., on Nov. 6 and 7.
The new regulations, issued by openly pro-life HHS Secretary Alex Azar, give teeth to the First Amendment rights of Americans in the healthcare field, clarifying the avenues of recourse available to victims of discrimination under the law and what penalties the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Civil Rights may enforce for violations.
“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,” a statement from OCR Director Roger Severino said. “Protecting conscience and religious freedom not only fosters greater diversity in health care, it’s the law.”
Just as the LGBT “rights” movement demands celebration, not just tolerance, the culture of death demands that abortion be celebrated and promoted, not just made “safe, legal, and rare.”
Because of the obscene profits to be made from the seemingly endless fountain of highly valuable body parts of aborted babies, the medical community is complicit in the holocaust of the unborn. As long as our nation’s healthcare industry accepts and even profits from the murder of the unborn, it will never be a safe place for any moral person.
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