In a bill proposed by President Trumps acting HHS secretary, doctors would be protected who object to doing abortions on grounds of moral or religious reasons.
Here is a statement from the HHS secretary Eric Hargan: “The Conscience and Religious Freedom Division has been established to restore federal enforcement of our nation’s laws that protect the fundamental and unalienable rights of conscience and religious freedom….The Conscience and Religious Freedom Division has been established to restore federal enforcement of our nation’s laws that protect the fundamental and unalienable rights of conscience and religious freedom.”
Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards sent out a scathing email to all of her supporters,
“President Trump continues to outdo himself when it comes to pushing terrible health care policy that will do nothing but hurt patients. But his latest attack is truly shameful: a proposed rule released by HHS seeks to encourage health care workers to discriminate against patients by refusing to provide care because of religious, moral, or personal objections. Heath care workers might refuse to treat … a person seeking an abortion. HHS is collecting official public comments on this outrageous new proposal, and it’s our best opportunity to stop it before it becomes the law — impacting people everywhere across the country. Take a moment to submit your official comment to HHS: Don’t encourage discrimination against people seeking health care. The number of comments we collect can be used in legal challenges to stop these attacks — so your submission really matters (and it only takes two minutes!). In each and every one of Trump’s attacks on reproductive health care, it’s patients who are hurt the most. From people living with HIV to trans people to those seeking abortions, these attacks make it even harder for people to access care. At Planned Parenthood Action Fund, we will always stand firm in our mission to expand access to care and to make it easier for people to get the services they need to live full, independent lives. These discriminatory policies fly right in the face of that mission — and we won’t stand for it.”