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 …Continue reading "National Right to Life Praises Trump Administration for Rule Protecting Conscience Rights that a Biden Administration promises to overturn"
By Dave Andrusko Yesterday NRL News Today wrote a lengthy analysis of the victory for religious freedom and the right of conscience the Supreme Court delivered in a 7-2 decision. The justices concluded that the Little Sisters of the Poor are not bound by a mandate, issued by HHS under a provision of ObamaCare, that …Continue reading "Some thoughts one day after a big victory for religious freedom and freedom of conscience"
By Dave Andrusko Earlier today, The Supreme Court gave freedom of religion and conscience a vigorous and much-needed boost when it ruled 7-2 that the Little Sisters of the Poor are not bound by a mandate, issued by HHS under a provision of ObamaCare that would force them to provide health insurance coverage for products …Continue reading "Supreme Court victory protects the right of the Little Sisters of the Poor “to serve the elderly without violating our faith.”"
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court this morning ruled in favor of the Little Sisters of the Poor in a decision that protected the elderly nuns’ right of conscience. The vote was 7-2. President Trump’s appointees Justice Kavanaugh and Justice Gorsuch along with Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito joined in the majority opinion written by Justice …Continue reading "National Right to Life Praises U.S. Supreme Court Decision for Upholding the Right of Conscience in Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania"
Must the Little Sisters of the Poor be compelled to pay for health coverage for products and procedures they find “morally unacceptable”? “The Third Circuit’s decision guts the RFRA [Religious Freedom Restoration Act] protections of Religious Liberty and inappropriately restricts agencies from circumscribing regulation to avoid infringing on religious expression. In RFRA, Congress explicitly recognized …Continue reading "Supreme Court to rule any day now on major freedom of conscience case"
By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. There is nothing that I would change about this post which ran one year ago today in NRL News Today—except to change “one year” to “two years.” We’ve written a great deal about how the Abortion Industry (and, increasingly, pro-assisted suicide forces) work unceasingly to compel medical personnel to participate …Continue reading "A major victory for the right of conscience one year ago today"
By Dave Andrusko Among the panoply of positive actions the Trump Administration has taken, one we’ve highlighted repeatedly are the efforts HHS has taken to protect the right of conscience. The right not to be forced to comply with, or be a party to, actions that violate your conscience is not only important to us as …Continue reading "The unceasing attack on right of conscience, even in Catholic Institutions"
By Michael Cook One of the hottest topics in bioethics today is conscientious objection (CO). Although the clamour is loudest in the corner where the debate is over whether CO has a right to exist, most writers and legislators believe that there is some room for CO in healthcare. The question is how much room. …Continue reading "The critical importance of defending conscientious objection"
Medical groups, minorities, legal experts line up against New York’s attempt to block healthcare anti-discrimination law WASHINGTON – A diverse group of states, Members of Congress, minority groups, medical affiliate organizations, and legal experts recently filed half-a-dozen briefs supporting the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Conscience Rule, which provides federal conscience protections …Continue reading "Broad support to protect doctors, nurses from discriminatory firing"
By Wesley J. Smith Editor’s note. When we choose what story to repost that appeared in NRL News Today exactly one year prior, the #1 priority is that the story remains relevant. The battle—and it is tenacious, hand-to-hand combat—to protect freedom of conscience is even tougher today than May 15, 2019. The anti-life forces are …Continue reading "Medical Conscience for Me, but Not for Thee"
Swedish nurses’ conscience case rejected by European Court of Human Rights By Ann Farmer Ellinor Grimmark and Linda Steen, two Swedish nurses who have been denied midwife posts for refusing to carry out abortions, have now lost their legal bid to take Sweden to court for violating their beliefs after they took their case to …Continue reading "Abortion: no right to choose for nurses, no choice for mothers"
Sweden remains one of the only European countries failing to protect freedom of conscience Editor’s note. The following comes from ADF International. STRASBOURG (March 12, 2020) – Today, in a short written decision, the European Court of Human Rights found the application of the two Swedish midwives Ellinor Grimmark and Linda Steen inadmissible. After refusing to …Continue reading "European Court of Human Rights issues decision finding cases of Swedish midwives who refused to perform abortions “inadmissible”"