April 29, 2019

Monday (Moderated) Open Thread (042919)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

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Positivity: Trump Admin Steps Up Defense of Pro-Life Doctors, Nurses Who Don’t Want to be Involved in Abortion

From Washington, via Life News:

The Trump administration is stepping up to address a growing number of complaints from medical workers who believe it is wrong to abort an unborn baby.

Last year, it created a new division under the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights to defend Americans’ religious and moral liberties. In its first year, the HHS division has received more than 300 complaints about religious and moral discrimination, Roll Call reports.

Roger Severino, who runs the HHS Office of Civil Rights, spoke with the news outlet about what they are doing to protect individuals from religious discrimination.

“The word has gotten out that we’re open for business and we are going to take the laws that we enforce seriously, “ Severino said. “There’s a real issue out here where people feel their rights have been violated and that they need redress and I think that explains the big growth in the number of complaints. It’s been long overdue that they need attention.”

He said they were able to stop two state policies that forced pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise abortions. The states were Hawaii and California. In the California case, the U.S. Supreme Court also blocked the pro-abortion policy, saying it violates free speech.

According to the report, the office received 343 complaints in 2018 about religious or moral discrimination, compared to just 10 during entire Obama administration. …

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