The Wahington Post reported that health-care workers who object to abortions or treating transgender people will get more protection under Trump administration.
The Trump administration has developed rules to shield healthcare workers who do not want to perform abortions or provide services to transgender patients, in a move activists have called a “license to discriminate” against LGBT people and women.
According to The Independent, the rule creates a new division in the Health and Human Services (HHS) Civil Rights Office to assist healthcare workers who say they were forced to provide services contradicting their religious or moral beliefs. It will also find and discipline institutions who do not properly allow for these so-called “conscience objections.”
The Guardian quoted Roger Severino, the director of the health department’s civil rights division who said: “Laws protecting religious freedom and conscience rights are just empty words on paper if they aren’t enforced.”
Roger Severino is an outspoken opponent of abortion, same-sex marriage and anti-discrimination protections for transgender people.
This new rule is a perfect reflection of Donald Trump’s views and is anti-human by its nature, unconstitutional and illegal.
In 1986, Congress passed the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, which contained the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act. The law requires hospitals to treat patients in need of emergency care regardless of their ability to pay, citizenship or even legal status.
The United States Constitution requires states to guarantee the same rights, privileges, and protections to all citizens.
In addition, the US ratified THE COVENANT ON CIVIL & POLITICAL RIGHTS (ICCPR) in 1992. Upon ratification, the ICCPR became the “supreme law of the land” under the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which gives acceded treaties the status of fed law.
The ICCPR obligates countries that have ratified the treaty to protect and preserve basic human rights, such as: the right to life and human dignity; equality before the law; freedom of speech, assembly, and association; religious freedom and privacy; freedom from torture, ill-treatment, and arbitrary detention; gender equality; the right to a fair trial, and; minority rights.
The Covenant compels governments to take administrative, judicial, and legislative measures in order to protect the rights enshrined in the treaty and to provide an effective remedy.
The ICCPR applies to all government entities and agents, including all state and local governments in the United States. If there are discrepancies between national laws of the US and ICCPR, ICCPR shall prevail.
TRUMP’S administration decision to implement this rule is in clear violation of the US Constitution, laws and international legal obligations of the US.
The most important part is that TRUMP is trying to deprive citizens of their fundamental right – the right to life.
If American politicians do not consider it as a very good the reason for removal of Donald Trump from the Oval Office, it means that they also may think that common sense doesn’t make any sense.