Currently, no Catholic doctor can be compelled to perform gender transition surgery, and Catholic hospitals can refuse requests for a gender reassignment from a transgender person. They are also not obliged to perform abortions or hire abortion doctors. The Biden administration wants to change all of that.
The attack comes from the Civil Rights Office (OCR) with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) leading the charge.
A draft OCR brief leaked to HHS indicates that the Biden administration is considering repealing the Trump administration’s policies governing religious freedom, including rights of conscience.
HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra wants to repeal the Restoration of Religious Freedom Act (RFRA). As California attorney general, he sued the Little Sisters of the Poor for resisting the Obama administration’s HHS mandate, in an attempt to force nuns to include abortion drugs in their health plans.
The OCR argues that the Trump administration “took a broad view of the use of RFRA which has had negative effects on underserved communities.” In other words, attempts by gay and transgender activists to impose their secular vision on institutions were blocked by the previous administration.
Senator James Lankford (R-OK) challenged the Biden administration on this issue. But more news has just been released that shows how things have only gotten worse.
Becerra seeks to remove a wide range of religious freedom exemptions that lawmakers and courts have granted. Documents obtained by the Catholic Benefits Association show a true symbiosis between the HHS and militant left organizations, the most important of which is the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Their success depends on destroying the exemptions from religious freedom put in place by courts, legislators and administrative agencies. More than any other entity, it is the Catholic institutions which suffer the most severe attacks.
If they are successful, Catholic doctors and hospitals will lose their autonomy. They will either have to shut down or comply with the administration’s anti-Catholic standards. For example, Catholic hospitals would be forced to perform abortions or hire abortionists on the grounds that denying a woman an abortion would amount to discrimination on the basis of sex.
Faced with difficulty in gaining acceptance for certain laws – such as the Equality Act – due to a lack of public support, OCR and HHS chose to bypass Congress and seek court approval for their extremist policies. and anti-natural.
The Leadership Conference, which is fueling this campaign, is made up of many well-known left-wing organizations. ACLU, American Atheists, Anti-Defamation League, Human Rights Campaign, Southern Poverty Law Center, Planned Parenthood, and the Center for American Progress.
Their hostility to religious freedom in general, and to the rights of Catholics in particular, is well known. What is little known is that the AARP (American Association of Retired Persons), which has 40 million members, is a member of this organization.