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The National Catholic Bioethics Center
The NCBC Congratulates the HHS on Its Conscience Rule
May 2019
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The NCBC Congratulates the HHS on Its Conscience Rule

The National Catholic Bioethics Center extends its congratulations and thanks to the US Department of Health and Human Services for choosing to protect the consciences of American health care professionals and uphold the First Amendment, ensuring that American doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals nationwide may be free to provide aid to their patients according to the dictates of their conscience.

The HHS said in a statement on May 2, 2019: "The final rule fulfills President Trump’s promise to promote and protect the fundamental and unalienable rights of conscience and religious liberty, a promise he made when he signed an executive order in May 2017 protecting religious liberty."

NCBC's Dr. Marie Hilliard remarked that “Without this protection, healthcare workers cannot be true advocates for patients, especially if the best interest of the patient is being violated. As Catholic healthcare professionals, we never abandon patients even if it means we must transfer their care if they are requesting a procedure that violates their well-being or our professional integrity. Thus, this final rule is very protective of not only professionals but of the human beings served.” 

We applaud the Department for ensuring our medical professionals can protect our patients' right to life from conception to natural death.

The Conscience Rule will take effect 60 days after being published in the Federal Register. Read it here.