Trump’s HHS seeks to preserve religious rights of medical workers

President Trump and members of his administration have been paying attention to what had been going on with the religious rights of medical workers during the Obama administration as well as what has been going on in other nations as medical professionals are targeted for their faith. Who can forget how Obama attempted to force people of faith to pay for abortions? Or how Christians in the medical fields in the UK have been fired or punished for sharing their religious opinions or wearing crosses that didn’t line up with atheism, Islam, or gay rights?

Now the Trump administration is seeking to resolve such issues in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) by creating a division within its office of civil rights to “create new protections for health workers who have religious or moral objections to certain procedures.” The Conscience and Religious Freedom Division will enforce laws that were created to preserve the religious freedom rights and freedom of conscience rights of health workers by fielding their complaints if they believe they have faced viewpoint discrimination on the job. “No one should be forced to choose between helping sick people and living by one’s deepest moral or religious convictions, and the new division will help guarantee that victims of unlawful discrimination find justice,” says Roger Severino, Director of the Office of Civil Rights at HHS.

That office has been responsible for investigating the privacy and safety concerns of patients but will now have the expanded responsibility of investigating discrimination complaints for medical professionals who believe they are targeted for not agreeing to procedures such as doctor-assisted suicides, “transgender” surgeries, abortions, or other conscience-stirring actions. Thus far, Severino has received 34 complaints from workers who believe they have experienced discrimination since Trump became President.

Eric Hargan, acting Secretary of HHS, is pleased President Trump is fulfilling his campaign promise to “vigorously uphold the rights of conscience and religious freedom.” Nevertheless, the usual detractors are making their dissension of this move known. LGBT activist Dr. Gal Meyer states, “This proposal further endangers the lives of LGBTQ people by allowing healthcare providers to refuse care and is contrary to the values we share as healthcare providers.” NARAL Pro-Choice America’s president, Ilyse Hogue, has also accused Trump’s HHS of having “backwards ideology” that has disregarded science, ethics, and concern for all Americans. Of course, that’s typical leftist fearmongering.

This new focus at HHS is yet another thing to thank God for. We have a President who believes in the Constitution and rule of law which is in line with the function of government as expressed in the Bible.

…the powers that be are ordained of God… For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Romans 13:1c, 4

Source: UPI

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