HHS Office of Civil Rights cites University of Vermont Medical Center for forcing nurse to participate in an abortion, calls for immediate corrective action

By Dave Andrusko Once again, under the category of “elections do matter…” NRL News Today readers may recall that the University of Vermont Medical Center had forced a nurse to assist in an elective abortion over the nurse’s conscience-based objections. Today the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services …

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HHS cancels UCSF contract for research involving human fetal tissue from elective abortions

“Promoting the dignity of human life from conception to natural death is one of the very top priorities of President Trump’s administration” By Dave Andrusko The Washington Post (predictably) headlined the move, “Trump administration imposes new restrictions on fetal tissue research.” A more measured and accurate statement is that upon review, the Administration is taking …

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NRLC Praises Trump Administration and Secretary Azar for their Commitment to Advancing Ethical Alternatives to the Use of Fetal Tissue in Research within HHS

“Today’s decision by HHS to no longer allow the use of fetal tissue in internal research reflects the goal of President Trump and his administration to promote respect for all human life,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “As HHS continues to advocate the use of alternatives to fetal tissue research and …

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Proposed HHS rule would overturn Obama era mandates on abortion

By Dave Andrusko Last Friday the Department of Health and Human Services issued a proposed rule that would amend Obama-era regulations related to Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). There are many components outside our purview. What matters to single-issue pro-life organizations such as NRLC is that the proposed HHS rule would clarify …

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News release from Department of Health and Human Services

September 24, 2018 “After a recent review of a contract between Advanced Bioscience Resources, Inc. and the Food and Drug Administration to provide human fetal tissue to develop testing protocols, HHS was not sufficiently assured that the contract included the appropriate protections applicable to fetal tissue research or met all other procurement requirements. As a …

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Over 100 Members of the House Seek New HHS Rule to Make Consumers Aware of Abortion Surcharge

By Jennifer Popik, J.D Director of Federal Legislation This past Monday, August 6, 102 Members of Congress sent a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar requesting new regulations related to Obamacare and subsidies to plans that cover abortion. The letter, spearheaded by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and strongly supported by National …

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HHS officially announces pro-life changes to Title X Family Planning Grant Program

By Jennifer Popik, J.D., Director of Federal Legislation Last week, National Right to Life and other pro-life advocates cheered the Trump Administration when it announced that a proposal to make pro-life changes to the Title X program was imminent. Tuesday, Health and Human Services (HHS) filed a rule-making proposal with the Office of Management and …

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Senate confirms Dr. Price as HHS secretary

By Dave Andrusko It took another marathon session but at 2:00 this morning the Senate finally confirmed Rep. Tom Price to be the new secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. The vote, strictly along party lines (with one exception), was 52-47. Rep. Price was the latest, but undoubtedly not the last, prolife …

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USCCB Committee Chairmen Say Federal Agency Fails to Protect Churches from California Elective Abortion Mandate

California continues to force health plans to cover elective abortions USCCB calls for immediate remedy Ruling fails to respect the right to life, religious freedom, and the rule of law, bishops say WASHINGTON–On June 21, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared, contrary to the plain meaning of current federal law, that …

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Planned Parenthood Media Director New HHS Deputy Secretary for Public Affairs

By Dave Andrusko Apparently the Obama Administration has decided “why bother with the middle man?” Health and Human Services—already under fire for a mandate requiring religious institutions and individuals of conscience to pay for health insurance plans that cover medical procedures and drugs contrary to their religious beliefs and consciences—now has a new deputy assistant …

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New Obama Scam (You Must Pay, But Nobody Pays) Lays Groundwork for Future National Abortion Mandate

WASHINGTON– In response to criticism of its recent regulation requiring coverage of FDA-approved birth control drugs and devices, the White House today announced a purported “compromise” under which insurance plans will be required to provide the coverage in all plans, without charging anything additional for it.  The Administration position is that insurers can be required …

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NPR Report Touting Support for HHS Mandate Omits that Poll sponsored by Planned Parenthood

By Dave Andrusko In the NRL News Today story for Wednesday, “Obama Administration tries to persuade itself that HHS Mandate is “good politics,’” I wrote about the not-terribly persuasive case Obama insiders were making that it would work to their political advantage to require Catholic universities, hospitals, and charities to pay for health insurance that …

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