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More groups sue over HHS religious liberty rules

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 6/12/19, 01:04 pm

Two more organizations sued the federal government Tuesday to block conscience protection rules President Donald Trump announced for religious healthcare workers last month. The National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association and Public Health Solutions Inc. filed suit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in federal court in New York. The suit was filed by attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union and the New York ACLU and joins similar suits filed by other groups, including Planned Parenthood, and by nearly two dozen states and municipalities.

The new HHS rules include one that protects doctors and nurses who object to participating in abortions, assisted suicides, or sterilizations. Another removes “gender identity” as a component of sex discrimination in healthcare, rolling back an Obama-era rule that effectively required Christian healthcare workers to support or perform sex change operations. The rules also set up compliance standards for healthcare organizations and make it easier for the HHS Office of Civil Rights to investigate and prosecute religious discrimination cases.

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  • RC
    Posted: Wed, 06/12/2019 01:43 pm

    Why doesn't the ACLU care about the “Civil Liberties” of healthcare providers? Oh! I forgot the letters ACLU really mean the Anti-Christian League from the Underworld.

  •  notalemming's picture
    Posted: Wed, 06/12/2019 03:56 pm

    This "protest" against someone objecting to being a part of abortion, sex change, etc., is hypocritical in its most basic form.  The ACLU thinks that prohibiting folks from having a conscience promotes civil liberty?!  They and PP want to dictate to me, and all the folks who object to their mandates, what I can and can not believe and to disallow me to live by my convictions.  Where are my civil liberties?  I will not sit by idly and watch these types of organizations strip me, my family, my grandkids, and the generations to come, of convictions.  We are not called to be doormats!  Surely there are plenty of left-leaning doctors in this world who are willing to perform abortions and sex change operations, so why penalize the livelihood of those who don't?  Our Constitution does NOT give government the right to tell me what to believe, and in my "pursuit of happiness", I opt to save the unborn, counsel and help the gender confused, to treat all people with dignity and compassion...but this does not mean I must give up my liberties, my convictions, my faith.  As Christians we need to hope for the best, and prepare for the worst.  We have been warned in scripture that we will face persecution, and knowing this, we need to prepare for the worst.  Are we yet creating an "underground" support system for doctors, farmers, tradespeople, churches?  Is this an idea too ludicrous?  I met some young folks on a plane this past week who are traveling around the country, and to some places outside the US, to make a film about the folks who are at their satellite campuses and the "experiences" they are having being a part of some mega church out of South Carolina.  Meanwhile, churches are spending into the six figures for audio/video equipment, more funds for more comfortable seating, setting up cafe shops (coffee and donuts are so yesterday!), and the list goes on.  It's no wonder that most Christians are oblivious to what's going on in our country.  I meet young families who are so busy with all the activities that they involve themselves in, game practices, school activities, youth groups, socials, and of course, the day to day living, that they tell me they don't have TIME to get involved in politics.  Silly me, I thought abortion was a moral issue.  And freedom has become a political ping pong ball?  The water is boiling, folks, and our excuses and silence will lead us to death.         

  • SN
    Posted: Wed, 06/12/2019 04:24 pm

    It should be obvious even to the ACLU that they are not really concerned to protect and advance the civil liberties of Americans.  If they were, they would advocate for the civil liberties of all Americans, including those in the womb and for the religious rights of all, including Christians.  Instead, they wish to stifle all dissenting voices to their own.

    Their hypocrisy is beyond belief.

  •  John Cogan's picture
    John Cogan
    Posted: Wed, 06/12/2019 08:34 pm

    The appetite of the left for nibbling away at the rights of Christians will not be satisfied until Christianity is illegal.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 06/13/2019 02:04 pm

    I think we are seeing the beginning of the end of “rule of law” in the US.  

    Basically, rule of law means that all parties in a system are accountable, both the governed and the governors; that laws are clear, applied evenly, and protect fundamental rights; that the administration and enforcement of justice is a fair and open process; and that “justice is delivered timely by competent, ethical, and independent representatives and neutrals who are accessible, have adequate resources, and reflect the makeup of the communities they serve.”

    [This last point is directly quoted from the World Justice Project website] 

    Obviously, we see numerous violations of the fourth point, in that the Will of the People expressed through the ballot or by decisions of various State Legislatures is overturned by unelected judges who are neither neutral nor do they reflect the makeup of the community they serve.  

    One way perversion of rule of law occurs is by bringing suit against a law before a judge who is known to favor the plaintiffs. 

    In this way a vocal activist minority imposes its will on the majority.

    Unquestionably, there have been failures to provide fair and unbiased justice under our system, but the answer to those failures is not to impose unfair and biased solutions.