Tag Archives: Conscience Rights

HHS agrees to investigate Hawaii for forcing pregnancy centers, doctors to promote abortion

ADF attorneys filed complaint over violations of federal conscience protections Editor’s note. This update was provided by the Alliance Defending Freedom [ADF] WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has agreed to investigate the

Conscientious Objection and the Duty to Refer

By Nancy Valko When the Trump administration announced a new division of Conscience and Religious Freedom within the Department of Health and Human Services, the pushback from abortion and assisted suicide proponents like Planned Parenthood and Compassion

Hit job on new HHS division formed to protect rights of pro-life medical personnel

By Dave Andrusko Read this headline and subhead, and ask yourself what the average reader’s first thoughts might be–“Trump Appointee Harnesses Civil-Rights Law to Protect Anti-Abortion Health Workers: Effort extends legal protections to those refusing to participate

The “Medical Conscience” Civil Rights Movement

By Wesley J. Smith Until recently, healthcare was not culturally controversial. Medicine was seen as primarily concerned with extending lives, curing diseases, healing injuries, palliating symptoms, birthing babies, and promoting wellness—and hence, as a sphere in which

Bill to ensure conscience rights for medical practitioners reaches Committee Stage in House of Lords

Editor’s note. The following comes from the British group, The Free Conscience Campaign. Baroness O’Loan’s Conscientious Objection (Medical Activities) Bill reached the Committee Stage in the House of Lords on March 23. You can watch the closing

Legal Safeguards, Burdensome Obstacles and Conscience Rights

By Nancy Valko After I wrote last week’s blog “The New Federal Conscience and Religious Freedom Division,” I was surprised by this criticism: “arguing conscience can make doctors (and others) look whiney, as opposed to heroic” and

Trump administration moves to defend conscience rights

By Xavier Symons Editor’s note. This is excerpted from a post at BioEdge and is reposted with permission. The Conscience and Religious Freedom Division of the HHS’s Office for Civil Rights will handle complaints related to participation in controversial

Cardinal Dolan, Dr. Moore decry second-class status of those whose conscience compels them not to be involved in abortion

By Dave Andrusko An op-ed that ran this week in USA Today was an example of ecumenism at its best. Appearing under the headline, “To be really pro-choice, you must protect each doctor’s choice to not perform

Another Threat to Conscience Rights for Medical Professionals

Ezekiel J. Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D.

By Nancy Valko 2012 New York Times: “Instead of attempting to legalize physician-assisted suicide, we should focus our energies on what really matters: improving care for the dying — ensuring that all patients can openly talk with

Illinois, Hawaii put federal funding in jeopardy by forcing pregnancy centers, doctors to promote abortion

Editor’s note. This update was provided by the Alliance Defending Freedom. WASHINGTON – Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed complaints Monday with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on behalf of pregnancy care centers and pro-life

Swedish appeals court fails to protect freedom for health professionals

Pro-life Swedish midwife Ellinor Grimmark

Court says medical staff can’t abide by their consciences, midwife considers appeal to European Court of Human Rights Editor’s note. This update is provided by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and is reposted with permission. JÖNKÖPING, Sweden –

Health Care Bullying Over Conscience Rights

By Nancy Valko Years ago, some of my fellow nurses were talking about assisted suicide and two of them supported physician-assisted suicide. I asked if they were comfortable with participating in an assisted suicide. Both were shocked