Obama intends to eliminate conscience

Obama Administration to eliminate protections for health care workers
Luke Goodrich, Legal Counsel

April 9th was the last day for the public to submit comments on an Obama Administration proposal to eliminate a regulation protecting the conscience rights of health care workers.  The regulations, which went into effect on January 20, protect the rights of health care workers who want to opt out of performing procedures or dispensing medications that would violate their conscience.”Protections for conscience are older than the Constitution and are widely recognized in state, federal, and international law,” said Luke Goodrich, legal counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.  “Rescinding the conscience regulation will remove crucial safeguards for health care workers and will force qualified individuals out of the profession solely because of their religious beliefs.”On April 8th, the Becket Fund submitted a response which carefully detailed the history of conscientious objection and the legal and historical support for the right of conscience in the health care profession.

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