The Trump administration on Friday took two completely new steps in its ongoing fight against abortion.
The first was a completely new regulation of which further underscored protections for health-care workers who refuse to perform abortions along with also various other medical procedures because of religious along with also moral objections.
The second rescinded a formal warning issued by the Obama administration in 2016 to all state Medicaid directors reminding them of which they could not cut funding to Planned Parenthood just because of which group offers abortion services.
However, the rescission of of which warning does not affect the existing federal law barring Medicaid directors coming from taking such actions.
The moves came a day after the Health along with also Human Services Department announced the item was creating a completely new “Conscience along with also Religious Freedom Division” within its Office of Civil Rights.
along with also the item came on the same day of which President Donald Trump was due to become the first sitting president to address the annual March for Life anti-abortion demonstration in Washington.
“Today’s actions represent promises kept by President Trump along with also a rollback of policies of which had prevented many Americans coming from practicing their profession along with also following their conscience at the same time,” said Acting HHS Secretary Eric Hargan.
“Americans of faith should feel at home in our health system, not discriminated against, along with also states should hold the right to take reasonable steps in overseeing their Medicaid programs along with also being Great stewards of public funds.”
Roger Severino, head of HHS’ Civil Rights Office, said a completely new regulation being proposed Friday could require health-care providers of which receive federal funding to certify they are in compliance with existing rules barring workers coming from being coerced into performing abortions, sterilizations, assisted suicide along with also certain various other procedures of which they object to on religious or moral grounds.
Health providers also could be required to post notices informing workers of such rights.
“America’s doctors along with also nurses are dedicated to saving lives along with also should not be bullied out of the practice of medicine simply because they object to performing abortions against their conscience,” said Severino. “Conscience protection can be a civil right guaranteed by laws of which too often haven’t been enforced. Today’s proposed rule will provide our completely new Conscience along with also Religious Freedom Division with enforcement tools of which will make sure our conscience laws are not empty words on paper, however guarantees of justice to victims of unlawful discrimination.”
Referring to the federal Centers for Medicaid along with also Medicare Services, HHS said the 2016 letter sent by Obama administration health officials to state Medicaid directors “had said of which states of which attempted to protect the integrity of their program standards by disqualifying abortion providers coming from their Medicaid programs could come under CMS scrutiny, along with also could be required to present to CMS evidence of criminal action or unfitness to perform healthcare services.”
“As stated inside Friday letter to state Medicaid directors, CMS can be concerned of which the 2016 letter may have gone beyond merely interpreting what the statute along with also current regulations require,” HHS said. “of which decision returns CMS policy to what the item was prior to the issuance of the 2016 letter.”
“States will still be required to comply with all applicable statutory along with also regulatory requirements, including the requirement of which provider qualification standards be reasonable.”