Trump Admin Continues to Lead on Conscience Protection

May 24, 2019
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New Proposed Rule Makes Clear Pro-life Objections to Participating in Abortion Do Not Constitute Discrimination

Washington, D.C. – Today the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) praised the Trump administration for proposing a new rule to clarify that the federal definition of sex discrimination under Obamacare (ACA) does not include abortion, and to bring ACA regulations into compliance with longstanding conscience protection laws. Obama-era regulations have been enjoined nationwide by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, barring enforcement of language regarding “termination of pregnancy.”

“As some states attempt to expand abortion on demand through birth, with no conscience protections whatsoever, clear enforcement of federal law is needed more urgently than ever,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Abortion – ending the lives of innocent unborn children – is not health care and should never be mandated by the government. However, under the previous administration, federal law was reinterpreted to define abortion as a civil right. President Trump pledged to change that and, true to his word, his administration is working hard to protect pro-life institutions and health care workers like Cathy DeCarlo who entered the profession to save lives, but have been forced to participate in abortion or lose their jobs.

“We thank President Trump and Secretary Azar for their strong leadership on conscience protection and for putting teeth back in the law. We also continue to urge Congress to enact a private right of action so victims can seek relief in court in the future, no matter who holds power in Washington.”

SBA List is a network of more than 700,000 pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders.


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