When health care workers feel they have been forced to do something they disagree with on moral or religious grounds, they can file complaints with the federal department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights. Some high profile cases have involved nurses who objected to providing abortion services.Was that just a coincidence? Nope. It was Trump's appointee.
For a decade, the agency got an average of one of these complaints of conscience violations each year. The complaints can include doctors, nurses, or other health care workers who feel a hospital or clinic that receives federal funds has discriminated against them because of their moral position. Groups of health care providers can also file complaints.
Last year, the number of complaints jumped to 343. ...
...That increase was cited by the Office of Civil Rights as one reason for issuing a new rule designed to protect conscience rights, unveiled publicly last week....It seems that a lot of health-care workers understood the game very well, indeed.
...Office director Roger Severino has made clear that protecting religious freedom is his priority and that his office is "open for business," as he said to reporters announcing the new rule.
In fact, he formed a new Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom in January 2018.
"For too long, governments big and small have treated conscience claims with hostility instead of protection," Severino said in announcing the new division. "But change is coming and it begins here and now."The most pro-life President since Lincoln is also the most pro-religion President since.....probably G. Washington.
That signaling from Severino may have helped generate the increase in complaints, says Dr. David Stevens, CEO of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations. "Now that there's an actual office opened and it's well publicized that it's available, people are contacting them," he says....