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More groups sue over HHS religious liberty rules

President Donald Trump announcing the new HHS rules at a National Day of Prayer event May 2 in the White House Rose Garden Associated Press/Photo by Evan Vucci (file)

More groups sue over HHS religious liberty rules

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.

Rachel Lynn Aldrich Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.


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John Cogan

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


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.