On May 2, the National Day of Prayer, President Trump issued a set of new rules, protecting doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals from being forced to violate their consciences and commit abortions or refer patients to abortion mills. Before the announcement, laws had protected this freedom of conscience and religion, but the lack of regulations and awareness caused confusion in the healthcare community, leading to discrimination against many Pro-Life health care providers.
The 440 pages of new regulations, issued by the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, helped clarify how the First Amendment protects Pro-Life people from committing these immoral acts. They were set to take effect on July 22.
However, on June 11, Planned Parenthood, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England Inc., the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, and Public Health Solutions Inc. joined to file suit, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union. These plaintiffs are joining California, New York, New York City, and 20 other state and local governments who sued HHS in May.
“Trust is the cornerstone of the physician-patient relationship,” said Leana Wen, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “No one should have to worry if they will get the right care or information because of their providers’ personal beliefs.”
In other words, anti-Life people aren’t satisfied with legalizing the murder of preborn children up to birth, for any reason, with federal funding. Instead, they want to force Pro-Life doctors and nurses to commit abortions and violate their deeply-held moral and religious beliefs.
The Texas legislature should be ashamed for failing to pass conscience protections at the state level, ensuring safety for health care providers if their First Amendment rights are stripped away at the federal level.