Despite some iffy tweeting at times, President Donald Trump has done more great things for America in one year than Barack Obama did in eight.
Numbers don’t lie.
The stock market is booming. ISIS is on the run. Unemployment is at a nearly two-decade low. And tax reform is said to benefit 80% of Americans.
Now, Trump has taken steps to ensure religious freedom in the country is not stifled by liberal blowhards. And his decisions will not just help those with religious freedom concerns but also those who have conscience objections with regard to healthcare professionals being forced to perform ‘gender identity’ medical procedures.
Check this out…
From ABC News:
The Trump administration announced on Thursday a new division within the Department of Health and Human Services devoted to “conscience and religious freedom.”
Social conservatives and religious liberty leaders have anticipated conscience and religious freedom protections to come out of HHS, and the work of the new division, which will fall under the purview of the Office of Civil Rights, will likely pave the way for health care workers to refuse specific types of care, like birth control or abortion, based on their religious or conscience objections.
Critics say the move could hurt civil rights protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people, and hurt patient care.
Acting Secretary of HHS Eric Hargan made the announcement and was joined by Roger Severino, director of the Office for Civil Rights at HHS, House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., co-chair of House Values Action Team, and Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla.
“President Trump promised the American people that his administration would vigorously uphold the rights of conscience and religious freedom,” said Hargan. “That promise is being kept today. The Founding Fathers knew that a nation that respects conscience rights is more diverse and more free, and OCR’s new division will help make that vision a reality.”
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, slammed the Obama administration’s Office of Civil Rights.
“In the past this office sent the message, now is not the time for freedom, it is time for you to conform. What a difference one year makes,” he said.
Also at the announcement was Sara Hellwege, a pro-life nurse who sued Tampa Family Health Centers after she was rejected for a job because she would not prescribe birth control.
The move to create a new division at HHS for conscience and religious freedom follows President Donald Trump‘s signing of an executive order in May “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty,” with the goal of enforcing protections for religious freedom and amending the Affordable Care Act‘s regulations that require the coverage of contraception. In October, the Trump administration rolled back the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate allowing employers to deny birth control coverage if they have a religious or moral objection.
More from HHS:
OCR Director Severino said, “Laws protecting religious freedom and conscience rights are just empty words on paper if they aren’t enforced. No one should be forced to choose between helping sick people and living by one’s deepest moral or religious convictions, and the new division will help guarantee that victims of unlawful discrimination find justice. For too long, governments big and small have treated conscience claims with hostility instead of protection, but change is coming and it begins here and now.”
Acting HHS Secretary Hargan said, “President Trump promised the American people that his administration would vigorously uphold the rights of conscience and religious freedom. That promise is being kept today. The Founding Fathers knew that a nation that respects conscience rights is more diverse and more free, and OCR’s new division will help make that vision a reality.”
This will also protect people like physicians or other healthcare professionals, who under former President Barack Obama’s administration might have been forced to provide a medical procedure with which they might not have agreed with in regard to gender identity. Under the Obama administration, according to the Heritage Foundation, they could theoretically have been forced to provide a hysterectomy to a transgender man, for example.
Keep up the great work, Mr. President!
[Note: This post was written by John S. Roberts]