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New Obama administration rule will fuel prosecution of health professionals who follow biology over ideology

Freedom2Care blog by Jonathan Imbody

June 23, 2016

If you as a health professional or your healthcare institution stick to the scientific view of male and female as biologically determined, the Obama administration and lawyers around the country now have a new weapon with which to stick it to you. Any health professional or institution that receives federal (HHS) funding and treats or counsels transsexual patients, prescribes hormone therapy, performs procedures related to sexuality or has a gender-specific bathroom, changing facility or shower area will suddenly encounter sweeping new dictates designed to enforce a non-biological, ideological view of human sexuality. Action Opportunity: If you as a health professional and/or your healthcare institution have been or may be affected by these new regulations, please use the Freedom2Care form to let us know.

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Filed under: Christian Medical AssociationGenderHealthcare

New Rule Requires Doctors To Treat Trans Patients As Their Pretend Sex

The Federalist commentary by Maria Servold

June 22, 2016

Doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies may soon face lawsuits for treating male and female patients according to their biological sex, thanks to a health care rule finalized in May as part of the Affordable Care Act. On the same day President Barack Obama announced his controversial transgender school bathroom policy last month, a somewhat more sinister mandate was finalized by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with consequences for health care providers, insurance companies, and American taxpayers. The regulations also threaten the freedom and independence of health care professionals who "believe maleness and femaleness are biological realities to be respected and affirmed, not altered or treated as diseases," the Heritage report states. People with religious beliefs that contradict this regulation have no legal options but compliance or filing lawsuits, said Matthew Kacsmaryk, a deputy general counsel at the First Liberty Institute.

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Filed under: Heritage FoundationFirst LibertyHealthcare

Obama Admin Rejects Conscience Objections to Mandatory Abortion Funding in California Health Plans

CNS News

June 22, 2016

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rejected complaints Tuesday from California churches and religious groups against a state regulation that mandates abortion coverage in all state health care plans with no religious exemptions. The California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) stated in an August 2014 letter to seven insurance companies that they were required to include elective abortions in their health plans with no exceptions. The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed a complaint with HHS in September 2014 on behalf of seven employees and health care plan participants with Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. “The Obama administration is once again making a mockery of the law, and this time in the most unimaginable way,” Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Casey Mattox responded to the decision Tuesday.

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Filed under: AbortionReligious freedomAlliance Defending Freedom

Native Americans win, feds flee feather fight

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

June 14, 2016

In a historic settlement agreement signed last night, the federal government admitted that it was wrong to send an undercover agent to raid a Native American powwow and seize nearly 50 eagle feathers used for religious worship-a raid the government dubbed "Operation PowWow" (watch video). Called "a victory for religious freedom" by the Wall Street Journal, the historic agreement ends a decade of litigation by recognizing the right of Pastor Robert Soto of the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas and 400 other Native Americans to freely use eagle feathers for Native American worship. "The government has no business sending undercover agents to raid peaceful Native American religious ceremonies," said Luke Goodrich, deputy general counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. "This historic agreement recognizes that the government violated Mr. Soto's religious freedom and must respect the rights of all Native Americans in the future."

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Filed under: Religious freedomBecket Fund

Former nurse sues Winnebago County Health Department


June 9, 2016

A former Rockford nurse files a lawsuit with the Winnebago County Health Department after she says she was fired because of her religious beliefs. According to the filed complaint, Public Health Administrator Sandra Martell merged pediatrics with women's health services and mandated that all nurses train to provide abortion referrals. Mendoza says when she informed her boss that she would not be participating because that would interfere with her religious beliefs, she says Martell gave her the ultimatum to either quit or take a job as a food inspector. Mendoza's attorney, Noel Sterett, says state law protects her and her beliefs. Mendoza is seeking damages under the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act. There is a bill that would force doctors and nurses to promote and perform abortions despite their personal beliefs. That is currently awaiting the approval of Governor Bruce Rauner.

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Filed under: Alliance Defending FreedomConscience freedomHealthcare

"Freedom of Worship" Isn't Enough

Wall Street Journal commentary by John J. Miller

June 9, 2016

On March 28, however, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced a revision. The phrase "freedom of worship" would be changed to "freedom of religion." The notice came in a letter from the agency's director, Leon Rodriguez, to Sen. James Lankford, an Oklahoma Republican who called for the correction last year. The switch allows the naturalization exam to reflect the actual language of the Constitution: The word "worship" does not appear anywhere in its text, whereas the First Amendment promises "the free exercise" of "religion."

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Perkins: First amendment freedoms hinge on electing faith-respecting officials

DJK Ministries

June 1, 2016

[video] "We have seen such an increase in hostility toward religious freedom and expression in this country that the ability to freely live out our faith--in a way that impacts the world around us for Christ--is at risk. We can either stop that by those we elect in office who understand our First Amendment freedoms and are willing to defend them, or we can continue to see those freedoms disintegrate as we allow those to be elected who are hostile toward the expression of Christian faith."

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Filed under: Religious freedomFamily Research Council

Mass media distorts coverage on religious issues, Christian author says

Washington Times

June 1, 2016

In a talk at the Family Research Council on Tuesday, Michael Cromartie pinned substandard religion coverage on the environment in which media members are educated. He said the majority of journalists attend elite progressive institutions where they scarcely come in to contact with those who hold religious beliefs, leading to a conspicuous blind spot when it comes to writing on related matters. "We're like an anthropological project for them: ‘We'll go study these people, because I've never met one'," he said.

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Filed under: Family Research CouncilFree speech

Our Constitutional Right to Privacy Is Missing From Bathroom Debate

Daily Signal commentary by Matt Sharp

May 26, 2016

Stephanie has several children that came to her through a foster program. If you met them on the street, you would never suspect that two of her daughters had suffered severe molestation and rape by men that they trusted. For these girls, feeling safe and secure in private settings-such as bedrooms, bathrooms, and locker rooms-is necessary to heal. And to feel safe, these girls need to know that their private spaces will not be invaded by a male. You would think that the school these girls attend would be especially protective of them. You would be wrong. The school voluntarily adopted a policy that would allow boys into the girls' restrooms, locker rooms, and even hotel rooms on school trips. The school callously ignored Stephanie's explanation that the presence of a boy in these private settings would be a trigger event for her daughters, causing severe psychological harm and setting back the progress they had made.

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Filed under: Alliance Defending FreedomEducationGender

43 Republicans Join Democrats to Support Obama's Transgender Agenda

Daily Signal commentary by Ryan T. Anderson

May 26, 2016

On Wednesday night, 43 Republican members of Congress joined the Democrats to vote for President Barack Obama's transgender agenda. Whereas last week Congress voted to reject this proposal-known as the Maloney Amendment-last night they voted to ratify Obama's 2014 executive order barring federal contractors from what it describes as "discrimination" on the basis of "sexual orientation and gender identity" in their private employment policies. And, of course, "discrimination" on the basis of "gender identity" can be something as simple as having a bathroom policy based on biological sex, not gender identity, as we learned last week from Obama's transgender directives. And "discrimination" on the basis of "sexual orientation" can be something as reasonable as an adoption agency preferring married moms and dads for orphans, than other arrangements.

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Filed under: Heritage FoundationLegislationGender

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