By Dave Andrusko
WASHINGTON, D.C.— On June 12 , the Department of Health and Human Services finalized a rule under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that reverses an Obama Administration’s redefinition of sex discrimination to include “termination of pregnancy.” Under the final rule, HHS eliminates certain provisions of the 2016 Rule that exceeded the scope of the authority delegated by Congress in Section 1557.
The rule change, which goes into effect on August 18th, would enforce federal civil rights laws and reestablish protections for the conscience rights of Americans
“We are unwavering in our commitment to enforcing civil rights in healthcare,” said Roger Severino, Director of the Office for Civil Rights at HHS.
Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life, praised the final rule. “The Trump Administration’s commitment to conscience rights ensures that doctors, nurses, and hospitals will not be forced to participate in abortions,” she said.
Pro-abortion former Vice President Joe Biden has a very different view of the right of conscience.
On July 8, the same day the U.S. Supreme Court decided in favor of the Little Sisters of the Poor, the “Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force” not only released their list of policy recommendations that include a sweeping commitment to abortion on demand, Biden declared that “If I am elected, I will restore the Obama-Biden policy that existed before the Hobby Lobby ruling.”
This statement from the Biden campaign was an unmistakable declaration that a Biden Administration would roll back conscience rights.