January 18, 2018
Health care workers who want to refuse to treat patients because of religious or moral beliefs will have a new defender in the Trump administration.
The top civil rights official at the Department of Health and Human Services is creating the Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom to protect doctors, nurses and other health care workers who refuse to take part in procedures like abortion or treat certain people because of moral or religious objections...
... Louise Melling, deputy legal director at the American Civil Liberties Union, said those conscience objections could expand to allow health workers to refuse some services to gay, lesbian and transgender people...
Trump Administration Will Shield Health Workers Citing Religion To Refuse Care : Shots - Health News : NPR
Since 1964 it has been illegal for an employer to require performance or assistance in an abortion or sterilization procedure.
I don't think there is a need for new statutes or regulations regarding abortion or sterilization. Education on existing protection is needed for employers, healthcare workers, and the public.
Regarding treatment of transgender individuals, I think the administration needs to clarify what the conscience protections are.
I think no one should be forced to participate in surgery or medical treatment for gender change.
I also believe in my soul that no nurse or other employee should be allowed to refuse to care for a transgendered person needing care for an illness or injury.
I don't know any nurse who would refuse to care for any patient.
This was clarified by the United States Senate in 2011:
U. S. Code TITLE 42 > CHAPTER 6A > SUBCHAPTER VIII > 300a-7 states:
Prohibition of public officials and public authorities from imposition of certain requirements contrary to religious beliefs or moral convictions
The receipt of any grant, contract, loan, or loan guarantee under the Public Health Service Act [42 U.S.C. 201 et seq.], the Community Mental Health Centers Act [42 U.S.C. 2689 et seq.], or the Developmental Disabilities Services and Facilities Construction Act [42 U.S.C. 6000 et seq.] by any individual or entity does not authorize any court or any public official or other public authority to require--
(1) such individual to perform or assist in the performance of any sterilization procedure or abortion if his performance or assistance in the performance of such procedure or abortion would be contrary to his religious beliefs or moral convictions; ...
42 U.S. Code SS 3a–7 - Sterilization or abortion | US Law | LII / Legal Information Institute
Hospitals have repeatedly lost lawsuits regarding this
Hospital Apologizes to Nurses Who Refused to Assist in Abortion | Mary Ellen Kelly | First Things
Last edit by herring_RN on Jan 19
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As you noted since 1964 employers can't demand staff perform or assist with abortions.
I don't understand where religion comes into assisting with gender change surgery?
If I can cite religious reasons for refusing to care for a patient.....why can't I say my religion won't allow me to care for Jews or Muslims, etc.?
Last edit by brownbook on Jan 19