November 21, 2017
It's been a long time since America has had a president who cared about faith-based groups! In two terms, the administration was more interested in punishing these organizations than partnering with them. That all changed under President Trump, who's made it clear that churches and religious outreach are a vital part of America. Nowhere is that clearer than the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which leans on groups like Catholic Charities to help deliver everything from health care, food, and family support to addiction recovery and adoption placement.
But, like most agencies, HHS has spent the last several months trying to clean up the mess left behind by the Obama administration. And unfortunately, that includes eight years of hostility toward religious organizations. To help break down the walls built between faith-based groups and the government, HHS is asking Americans for suggestions in bridging the gap Obama built.
One of FRC's biggest complaints has been the agency's repeated attacks on organizations' beliefs. We watched in horror when the Obama administration made support for same-sex marriage and abortion conditions of government contractors -- and, in some cases, government funding. Then, there was the attack on pro-life medical providers who were forced to choose between their jobs and their moral convictions on procedures, drugs, and devices that can destroy human embryos. It's time for those conscience rights regulations to be restored to everyone in the medical field.
Next, HHS can specifically enforce the Weldon Amendment, which stops government entities from discriminating against pro-life health care providers when it comes to elective abortion. Under the last administration, Obama's HHS also conveniently reinterpreted that Weldon text, refusing to stop states like California (who receive federal funds) from mandating health care coverage of abortion, even for employees in churches. The government needs to hold these states accountable for violating the Weldon Amendment and harming pro-lifers.
Those are just a few examples of ways HHS can put the dark days of Obama's radicalism behind them. Add your own before the deadline this Friday, November 24! These and other changes would go a long way to restoring HHS to the community partners religious organizations have always counted on them to be. Click here to add your comments.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.