Source: The Washington Post
This story has been updated since it was first published on Jan. 18.
The Trump administration has announced new regulations and a new division responsible for handling complaints from health-care workers who do not want to perform a medical procedure like an abortion or assisted death because it violates their religious or moral beliefs, a move that seemed to renew past culture war battles over “conscience protections.”
The new office, called the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division, is seen by many as a win for conservative religious groups that complained President Barack Obama’s administration did not prioritize religious freedom concerns. Critics, however, worry that the language is broad and could lead to discrimination.
Health and Human Services on Friday announced a proposed regulation, and the office will focus on reviewing complaints from medical professionals under existing laws.