USCCB Encourages HHS to Strengthen Conscience Rule
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has proposed new changes to regulations meant to protect conscience rights in health care. Let HHS know that conscience matters to you!
Numerous federal laws protect the right of organizations and people working in health care to object, as a matter of conscience, to abortion, sterilization, assisted suicide, gender transition surgery, and other procedures. The enforcement of these conscience objection laws are governed by HHS regulations.
HHS has proposed revisions to these regulations, known as the “Conscience Rule,” which implements over a dozen conscience statutes. Under the Trump administration, HHS issued a strong version of the Conscience Rule, but courts struck it down, leaving in place the previous, extremely weak version from the Obama administration. On January 5, 2023, HHS proposed a new version.
The USCCB and the WCC support this new proposed rule as an improvement over the 2019 Rule which is currently in place, but also urges HHS to strengthen the proposed rule. Individuals are encouraged to contact HHS in support of strengthening the Conscience Rule using the button below.
To learn more, read the USCCB’s published comments on the rule, Cardinal Dolan’s December 30 statement, and visit the USCCB’s “Do No Harm” webpage on these regulations at the links below.
USCCB Comments on HHS Conscience Rule
Religious Liberty Chairman Cardinal Dolan Statement
USCCB Do No Harm Website