Protect Your Conscience Rights
August 8, 2022
by Anna Pilato
On August 4, 2022, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to the Federal Registry to modify Section 1557, the “Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities Clause” of the Affordable Care Act. The proposed rule will:
- Re-define discrimination “on the basis of sex” to include sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI), gender transition, sex stereotypes, reproductive health decisions and termination of pregnancy as protected.
- Require healthcare professionals (regardless of their conscience rights or sincerely held religious beliefs) to perform or assist in “gender reassignment” surgeries, prescribe puberty blockers or cross-sex hormone treatment on children, and any associated cosmetic procedure and perform or assist with abortions.
- Require insurance plans and some employers to pay for experimental procedures/treatments especially on children.
- Withhold federal funding to institutions that receive federal grants if a healthcare professional refuses to participate in these procedures due to their sincerely held beliefs.
For more information about this rule change, check out my previous blog post at this link.
The proposed rule will be enforced by government under civil rights statutes. Those who do not comply will be subject to federal lawsuits and termination of Medicare and Medicaid funding.
The public commenting period began on Thursday, August 4 and is open through close of business on October 3, 2022. We urge you to comment on this CRITICAL regulation that will impinge on the conscience freedoms of healthcare professionals everywhere in the United States.
You can submit your comment by going to the Federal Registry here. Then click on the green “Submit a Formal Comment” button. You can directly write your comment into the text box, or we encourage you to attach your comment as a file and/or attach supporting documents to your comment. Thank you for standing up for freedom and for biblical values as you submit your comment!