One of the most pleasant sighs of relief conservatives have breathed since Donald Trump began his presidency was the consistent ally he’s been to pro-lifers and religious Americans, and now the Trump Administration has announced one of its biggest moves yet.
LifeSiteNews reports that the Department of Health and Human Services has rolled out a brand-new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division of the Office of Civil Rights, an organization with the sole purpose of protecting the religious liberties and conscience rights of healthcare workers, particularly when it comes to subjects like being forced to participate in abortion or assisted suicide.
“With the creation of this new division, you do not need to shed your moral convictions to be part of the public square,” HHS OCR director Roger Severino declared on Thursday.
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“The Trump administration is to be commended for making this 180-degree turn from the past administration which used the federal government to violate religious freedom and conscience rather than protecting them,” Liberty Counsel Chairman Mat Staver said of the development, which he called “refreshing and exciting.”
This is a stark change from the Obama years, which were infamously hostile to religious liberty, most famously when the administration mandated that private American employers, even religious employers, subsidize contraception for their employees, including drugs that functioned by aborting already-conceived human embryos:
Religious liberty advocates and pro-life groups welcomed the new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division of the OCR, also noting its turnaround from Obama-era policy, illustrated by among other things Obama’s February 2011 repeal of conscience protection regulations that had been enacted by President George W. Bush […]
Severino, told reporters on a press call Wednesday night that conscience protections had been under-enforced in the past, resulting in a testing of the boundaries of laws, and thus a marked increase in complaints related conscience protections made to the OCR.
From 2008 to 2016, just 10 complaints of conscience or religious liberty violations were submitted to the OCR, he said. That number rose to 34 from the time of the 2016 election to mid-January 2018.
Naturally, liberals are already sneering about the fact that the Trump Administration takes the First Amendment seriously. At The Federalist, the Alliance Defending Freedom’s Casey Mattox notes that Politico covered the story with the phrase “So-called conscience protections”:
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Weeks after the Supreme Court released its decision in Roe v. Wade, Congress enacted the first of the federal laws aimed at protecting conscience in light of this newly minted “right” to abortion. The Church Amendment, named for its sponsor, Idaho’s longtime Democratic Rep. Frank Church, ensured that Catholic hospitals could continue to provide health care to millions of Medicaid patients without being forced to also perform abortions.
That provision passed 372-1 in the House and 92-1 in the Senate. Noted right-winger Sen. Ted Kennedy spoke in favor of the law on the floor of the Senate, calling it necessary “to give full protection to the religious freedom of physicians and others.”
A Democrat-controlled Congress added additional “so-called conscience protections” to the Church Amendment for these individual medical professionals and in federally funded programs over the next few years. The idea that these laws were controversial would have been a surprise to the bipartisan coalitions in Congress voting for them.
The Right didn’t make pull this issue out of thin air; the Left simply abandoned it as part of its perpetual descent into progressive insanity. Thank God the good guys won in 2016 to fight back against them.
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