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. In May 2019, HHS released a new Conscience Rule allowing religious healthcare professionals to continue their important work without having to perform certain procedures which would be inconsistent with their beliefs.
But several states, including the state of New York, are now suing to block this rule and force Dr. Frost and others to either violate their conscience or end their practice. Becket is defending medical conscience rights for religious healthcare professionals nationwide so that they can continue their ministry providing compassionate care across the globe.
On June 25, 2019, Becket intervened to defend Dr. Regina Frost and the Christian Medical & Dental Associations from New York’s lawsuit, arguing that healthcare professionals should not be forced to perform medical procedures that would require them to violate their beliefs. The Conscience Rule reaffirms what the First Amendment and dozens of federal statutes already guarantee: religious Americans—including doctors—do not have to compromise their faith to serve those in need.
Religious freedom protects the rights of individuals to live out their faith in all facets of their lives—including in their professions. This lawsuit threatens the ability of religious healthcare professionals to provide quality, compassionate healthcare, forcing them to choose between their conscience and their practice.
Read more at Becket…
- CMA legal brief filed April 27, 2020 in conscience protection ruling appeal
- CMA news release – Members of Congress support our case
- Amicus brief by Members of Congress
- CMA news release – 2019 conscience rule court decision
- Track at Becket: CMA / Freedom2Care lawsuit defending 2019 HHS conscience rule