Proposed rule addresses healthcare providers’ right regarding patients care for religious or moral reasons

A Proposed Rule by the Health and Human Services Department is purported to give healthcare providers sweeping discretion to refuse patients care for religious or moral reasons. The rule, Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care; Delegations of Authority, explains that since the U.S. has a long history of providing conscience-based protections for individuals and entities with objections to certain activities based on religious belief and moral convictions, they propose to revise regulations previously promulgated to ensure that persons or entities are not subjected to certain practices or policies that violate conscience, coerce, or discriminate, in violation of such Federal laws.  (Excerpt) Specifically, this proposed rule concerns Federal laws that provide: Conscience protections related to abortion, sterilization, and certain other health services to participants in programs—and their personnel—funded by the Department…

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