Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

DEI Threat Protocol What to do if your conscience rights are challenged? Some options include, per ADF’s “A Legal Guide for Healthcare Professionals”: Discuss the conflict with employer or the regulating body. Frame it is as a request for a religious accommodation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which requires employers…

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Section 1557

On August 4, 2022 the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to the Federal Registry to modify Section 1557, the “Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities Clause” of the Affordable Care Act. 

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Press Releases

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Restoring Medical Judgment and Conscience on Gender Issues

A federal mandate issued in 2016 required doctors to perform gender transition procedures on any patient, including a child, even if the doctor believed the procedure would be harmful. That rule was struck down in court after it was challenged by nine states, several religious organizations, and an association of over 19,000 healthcare professionals.

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Defending the 2019 HHS Conscience Rule

Religious healthcare professionals care for all patients and are consistently on the front lines serving the most vulnerable members of our society, including under-served poor and migrant communities; victims of gang violence, sex trafficking, opioid addiction, and deadly epidemics and prisoners living with HIV.

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Court Cases Summary

Over 75 cases advancing the cause of life and freedom with the aid of partner legal organizations.

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Conscience Protection Act

“No one should have to check their faith or moral convictions at the door when they enter their workplace. Unfortunately, many health care workers don’t have the legal protection to decline to participate in abortions. This bill provides doctors, nurses, and other health care workers permanent protection from being discriminated against by employers if they choose to follow their conscience and do not wish to perform, participate in, or provide an abortion. No health care worker should be forced to choose between their jobs and their conscience. It shouldn’t be controversial. Many entered health care to protect life; they should not be forced to take a life to keep their jobs.” ‒ Sen. James Lankford

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Equality Act

This bill would change the definition of “sex discrimination” from its historical basis in biology (i.e., male/female) to instead include subjective ideological factors such as gender identity and sexual orientation. The bill would impose legal penalties against anyone who does not share this ideology.

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Fairness for All Act

The term ‘gender identity’ means the gender-related identity, appearance, mannerisms, or other gender-related characteristics of an individual, without regard to the individual’s designated sex at birth.

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