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The National Catholic Bioethics Center
Gender Identity Mandate Threatens Freedom of Conscience
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 3:00:00 PM
© 2017 by The National Catholic Bioethics Center


Gender Identity Mandate Threatens Freedom of Conscience



January 13, 2016


The NCBC joined the USCCB in filing concerns over a proposed Gender Identity Mandate, which threatens the freedom of conscience of health care providers The proposed regulations of the Office for Civil Rights in the Department of Health and Human Services could create serious conflicts of conscience for many health care providers, organizations, and insurers. While every individual should be treated with dignity and respect, especially when he or she is in need of health care, the proposed regulations create special privileges based on gender identity that effectively would require the provision of controversial procedures, such as “sex-reassignment” surgery.  Respected health care experts hold that scientific data has not demonstrated that such procedures are effective in addressing the dysphoria of those experiencing gender identity dysphoria.  Such health care professionals and organizations, including insurers, should not be forced to violate well founded standards of care based on the principle, “to do no harm.”


To read the full official public comment defending freedom of conscience, please click
 HERE.