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    Conscience Regulations: HHS Stops (Just) Short of Rescission

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its long-awaited decision today on rescinding conscience regulations to protect health care providers from having to engage in medical procedures to which they object on religious or moral grounds. Because a real concern existed that the Obama Administration might repeal … More

    The Vanderbilt Abortion Decision: How Obama Can Better Protect Civil Rights

    Vanderbilt University Medical Center made a welcome decision last week and removed from its nurse residency admission application a requirement that students admitted to its women’s health track agree to participate in training to provide abortions. The decision came just 24 hours after attorneys at the Alliance Defense Fund, a … More

    Obama Tries to Have it Both Ways on Abortion

    Today, the national media are lauding President Obama for seeking “common ground” on the abortion issue during his commencement speech yesterday at the University of Notre Dame. In an article entitled “Obama a Champion at Notre Dame,” Washington Post columnist Eboo Patel called the speech a “near perfect demonstration of … More

    Americans Support Protecting a Doctor's Right

    On March 9, 2009, the Obama Administration proposed to rescind a regulation that protects the conscience rights of health care professionals such as doctors, nurses, and medical students. Today, Freedom2Care released a polling company poll showing that 63% of all Americans, and even 56% of adults who said they voted … More

    Removing Conscience Rights: A Dangerous Prescription in Health Care

    America is facing a shortage of qualified health care professionals, including doctors and nurses. The Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA) has identified over 6,000 Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas across the country, with 64 million Americans living in them. According to HRSA, it would take over 16,000 new … More

    Morning Bell: Protecting Freedom for Health Care Providers

    Religious institutions have long been an essential part of health care delivery in our nation. Long before government programs began monopolizing the health care industry, religious institutions were providing care to the poor and most vulnerable. Today, Catholic health care facilities alone make up a third of the nation’s hospitals. … More

    Obama Administration: Rolling Back Conscience Protections for Doctors, Nurses

    On March 9, 2009, the Obama Administration proposed to rescind a Bush Administration regulation protecting the conscience rights of health care professionals such as doctors, nurses, and medical students. This regulation implemented longstanding federal conscience protection laws, some of which have been on the books since the 1970s. These laws … More

    HHS Conscience Clause Regulation: Securing the Blessings of Liberty

    Never do anything against conscience, even if the state demands it.—Albert Einstein Individual liberty is elemental to what is means to be an American. But in recent years the personal liberty and freedom of conscience of our doctors, nurses, and pharmacists have been threatened. Although “conscience clause” protections have been … More