Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in the HHS Office for Civil Rights

Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in the HHS Office for Civil Rights

by January 19, 2018

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten Condemns Creation of New Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in US Health and Human Services Department

WASHINGTON— Statement of AFT President Randi Weingarten on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ formation of a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in the HHS Office for Civil Rights:

“Our Constitution’s First Amendment works in tandem with the rights embedded in our other amendments; it should not be used to undermine those other rights, or the right to medical care.

“Like the Supreme Court in the Hobby Lobby decision, the administration seems intent on using the Constitution’s free exercise of religion protections as a means to undermine other people’s civil rights and to allow people to be turned away when they need lifesaving care. How terrible to be deprived of needed medical attention and care because of gender or sexual orientation. How terrible to have that discrimination sanctioned by our government. This is turning back the clock on liberty and should not be countenanced.”


The American Federation of Teachers is a union of 1.7 million professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.

Randi Weingarten                                                    Lorretta Johnson                                                                          Mary Cathryn Ricker
PRESIDENT                                                SECRETARY-TREASURER                                                        EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO
Communications Department • 555 New Jersey Ave. N.W. • Washington, DC 20001 • T: 202-879-4458 • F: 202-879-4580  •  www.aft.org

AFT Teachers     •     AFT PSRP     •     AFT Higher Education     •     AFT Public Employees     •     AFT Nurses and Health Professionals

 

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