HHS reverses Obama rule, sides with docs and nurses

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Hippocratic OathThe left-wing media is howling with outrage after the Trump administration moved to protect the conscience rights of medical workers and reverse the actions of the previous administration.

Dr. Jeff Barrows of the Christian Medical Association says the Obama administration, in a bow to the transgender movement, changed the definition of “sex discrimination” by dropping what he calls the “common sense, longstanding” definition based on biology, not ideology.

The rule originates from the Dept. of Health and Human Services, which has witnessed a dramatic change from the Left to the Right when the White House changed hands in January 2017.  

According to a National Review Online story, a section of Obamacare prohibits discrimination based on race, color, and sex in health-related fields, and the last-minute HHS ruling in 2016 defined “sex” to include “gender identity.”

The Obama-era rule also predictably promoted abortion, adding “termination of pregnancy” to push healthcare workers to embrace it or face a claim of discrimination.

A federal court district in Texas has ruled twice against the HHS change, NRO pointed out, so the federal agency could no longer enforce the Obama-era change and has reversed it to comply with the court ruling.

Although the reversal helps medical workers abide by their own beliefs, without fear of legal action, you couldn’t tell it from some media outlets.

surgery“Trump administration erases transgender civil rights protections in health care,” warns a New York Times headline.

“Trump administration revokes transgender health protection,” The Washington Post claims.

Defenders of the Obama-era rule change said, for example, a hospital should be required to perform a hysterectomy on a transgender person if the procedure is performed for other patients. But that would mean the surgeon performing the procedure, and the nurses assisting, could be forced to work on a patient they believe is mentally ill.  

“According to the Obama regulation,” Barrows tells OneNewsNow, “we might be forced to do that against our religious conscience and we were obviously in opposition to that.”

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