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National Right to Life Commends Draft Rules Protecting Rights of Conscience

Jun 1, 2017 | 2017 Press Releases

WASHINGTON – Draft rule changes to the Affordable Care Act and HHS coverage mandate that would protect moral and religious rights of conscience began circulating in Washington this week. National Right to Life today responded to the draft rule changes from the Department of Health and Human Services and commended President Trump and his administration for this latest effort to protect moral and religious rights of conscience.

“Rights of conscience are extremely important to the right to life movement to protect medical professionals, religious institutions and employers from being forced to participate in abortion,” said Carol Tobias. “We commend President Trump for keeping his campaign promises by supporting these rights of conscience.”

Under President Obama’s administration, pro-abortion forces not only put increasing pressure on health care providers to violate their moral convictions with regard to abortion, but also backed efforts to force employers, including religious institutions and organizations that object to abortion, to cover abortion in their insurance plans.

“No one should be forced to participate in abortion against their religious or moral convictions,” Tobias said. “If enacted, these rule changes will help promote a policy that protects pro-life rights of conscience with regard to abortion.”

Founded in 1968, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement, NRLC works through legislation and education to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide and euthanasia.