HHS Announces New Conscience and Religious Freedom Division

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is pleased to announce the formation of a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR). The announcement will take place at an event at HHS headquarters from 10:30 a.m. to noon. It will be livestreamed here. Speakers will include Acting Secretary Eric D. Hargan, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Representative Vicky Hartzler, Senator James Lankford, OCR Director Roger Severino, and special guests.

The Conscience and Religious Freedom Division has been established to restore federal enforcement of our nation’s laws that protect the fundamental and unalienable rights of conscience and religious freedom. OCR is the law enforcement agency within HHS that enforces federal laws protecting civil rights and conscience in health and human services, and the security and privacy of people’s health information. The creation of the new division will provide HHS with the focus it needs to more vigorously and effectively enforce existing laws protecting the rights of conscience and religious freedom, the first freedom protected in the Bill of Rights.

OCR already has enforcement authority over federal conscience protection statutes, such as the Church, Coats-Snowe, and Weldon Amendments; Section 1553 of the Affordable Care Act (on assisted suicide); and certain federal nondiscrimination laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of religion in a variety of HHS programs.

OCR Director Severino said, “Laws protecting religious freedom and conscience rights are just empty words on paper if they aren’t enforced. No one should be forced to choose between helping sick people and living by one’s deepest moral or religious convictions, and the new division will help guarantee that victims of unlawful discrimination find justice. For too long, governments big and small have treated conscience claims with hostility instead of protection, but change is coming and it begins here and now.”

Acting HHS Secretary Hargan said, “President Trump promised the American people that his administration would vigorously uphold the rights of conscience and religious freedom. That promise is being kept today. The Founding Fathers knew that a nation that respects conscience rights is more diverse and more free, and OCR’s new division will help make that vision a reality.”

Source: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2018/01/18/hhs-ocr-announces-new-con...

Views: 39

Comment

You need to be a member of QuakerQuaker to add comments!

Join QuakerQuaker

Support Us

Did you know that QuakerQuaker is 100% reader supported? If you think this kind of outreach and conversation is important, please support it with a monthly subscription or one-time gift.


You can also make a one-time donation.

Latest Activity

Claire M Wynn liked David Timothy Holdsworth's photo
yesterday
Keith Saylor posted a blog post

Immanent Communion and forbearance

ResearchNotes, Code:DisFirWis, Naylor, Creature, forebearance, condescensionThe second man is…See More
7th day (Sat)
Mike Widney liked Keith Saylor's blog post A Response to Micah Bales
6th month 11
Mike Widney liked Keith Saylor's blog post To be owned in the presence of God and the own the presence of God
6th month 11
Carolyn Taylor commented on Carmen Beth's blog post 'Plain Dressing in Mainland Europe'
"I have dressed plain for the last five years and have become a Mennonite. The ladies sew their own…"
6th month 2
Keith Saylor posted a blog post

To be owned in the presence of God and the own the presence of God

The inshining presence of God and the birth of awareness and morality that is come out of outward…See More
6th month 1
Johan Maurer liked QuakerQuaker's group Friends of Jesus Fellowship
5th month 31
Stuart Young liked QuakerQuaker's group Liberal Quakers
5th month 31

© 2018   Created by QuakerQuaker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service