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States sue to block healthcare conscience rights

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 5/22/19, 11:37 am

WASHINGTON—Two dozen states and municipalities sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday over rules protecting medical workers who have religious or moral objections to abortion, assisted suicide, or sterilization. The suits, instigated by New York and California, claim HHS regulations issued earlier this month stop the provision of basic healthcare.

New York Attorney General Letitia James said the federal government is “giving healthcare providers free license to openly discriminate and refuse care to patients.” Roger Severino, director of the HHS Office for Civil Rights, said when the rule was announced earlier this month that it merely strengthens existing federal legislation protecting Americans’ conscience rights “so that doctors and nurses are no longer bullied out of the healthcare profession because they are pro-life.”

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Kyle Ziemnick

Kyle is a WORLD Digital news reporter. He is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Kyle resides in Purcellville, Va. Follow him on Twitter @kylezim25.

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  • CJ
    Posted: Wed, 05/22/2019 02:48 pm

    "giving healthcare providers free license to openly discriminate and refuse care to patients.”  It actually protects the rights of medical personnel to GIVE care.

    Since when is killing a patient "care"? If one of these protesters needed medical care, I’m guessing they’d prefer a doctor who valued their life. 

    Posted: Wed, 05/22/2019 07:44 pm

    When the smoke clears, all there will be left is medical staff who are willing to kill.


  • Narissara
    Posted: Thu, 05/23/2019 10:29 am

    Yep, when there are obstetricians that take the view that the mother is their only patient and there is no duty to provide care to the child.