Biden to reinstate rule that doctors must perform abortion, sex-reassignment surgery against their faith

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by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent

(Worthy News) – The Biden administration is set to revoke a 2019 rule that allowed health care workers to refuse to carry out procedures like abortion and sex-reassignment surgery on religious or moral grounds, Christian Headlines (CH) reports. The Trump-era rule could be reversed in the coming weeks, a Biden administration spokesperson has told reporters.

Supported by faith groups including the Christian Medical and Dental Associations, the 2019 rule protects health care workers “from having to provide, participate in, pay for, provide coverage of, or refer for” services offered in the areas of abortion, assisted suicide, sterilization, and gender dysphoria.

However, a spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services told Politico that the 2019 rule is to be scrapped: “HHS has made clear through the unified regulatory agenda that we are in the rulemaking process,” the spokesperson said.

In a statement about the decision to scrap the 2019 rule, Matt Bowman, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, said: “No American should be forced to violate their ethical and religious beliefs,” said “Doctors, nurses, and other medical providers should enjoy this same constitutional protection, free to live and work in a manner consistent with their faith.”

“This is an illegal and gross overreach of executive power,” he added, “and we urge the administration to withdraw this harmful proposal immediately,” Bowman added.

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