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Obama rule injects sex ideology into healthcare

By Jonathan Imbody | November 19, 2015

Excerpted from "New Obama Administration Rule Would Make Christian Groups Pay for Abortions," Life Site News, November 11, 2015 - Ten leading Christian organizations are calling on the Obama administration to change a proposed rule that could force religious groups to promote or pay for abortions. The newly-proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services would expand so-called nondiscrimination policies regarding health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

In a letter to HHS, the prominent Evangelical and Catholic groups said the new rule could require religious organizations to provide abortion coverage or referrals, even if it is against their beliefs, the Christian Post reports. While the groups agreed that sex discrimination should be prevented, they said the proposed rules go too far by infringing on people’s religious rights.

“This expansive definition of sex discrimination … is likely to have a detrimental effect on the privacy interests of patients, to interfere in some instances with the effective delivery of health care services, and to infringe upon the religious and moral convictions of health care providers, insurers, and other stakeholders,” according to the letter. The proposed rule includes references to discrimination based on “termination of pregnancy,” or abortion, according to the letter. While the proposal does not say that organizations must cover and refer for abortion, it could be easily interpreted that way, the groups told the government. The religious groups called on HHS to change the rule so that it “state(s) explicitly” that religious groups cannot be forced to cover or refer for abortions.

Signing the letter were the National Association of Evangelicals, Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Family Research Council, World Vision, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Christian Legal Society, Christian Medical Association, Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance, Liberty Institute and The National Catholic Bioethics Center.


Jonathan ImbodyCMA VP for Govt. Relations Jonathan Imbody: “Many in Congress support orthodox Christian views of sexuality, but the Obama administration can skirt popular opposition by enacting regulations through the federal bureaucracy. That’s exactly what’s happening here.

“While the federal bureaucracy may operate under the radar of most Americans and busy health professionals, this regulation threatens to infiltrate the practices of many CMDA members, by injecting new definitions of discrimination in areas related to sexuality and abortion. This despite the fact, as our letter notes, that ‘the right of health care providers not to provide or refer for abortion, is protected under other federal law.’

“For example, our letter notes that ‘the proposed regulations require covered entities to treat gender transition services on a par with other services, and thus to provide coverage of at least some gender transition services.’ Medical specialty groups that tend toward radical social ideology may not be far behind this mandate, by requiring members to provide gender transition counseling and services in line with the administration’s gender-related mandates.

Imagine also the havoc wreaked, as our letter notes, by the fact that “the regulations define gender identity, in turn, to mean ‘an individual’s internal sense of gender, which may be different from that individual’s sex assigned at birth.’”

Christian doctors should and often do stand out in demonstrating love, compassion and understanding for individuals who sincerely struggle with gender identity and other sexual issues. Christ calls us to discern truth without judging others, to serve all as fellow sinners striving to learn how to live according to God’s perfect design.

With that understanding, it’s time for the community of faith to rise up, courageously speak the truth in love, and reclaim moral and ethical sanity for our nation. Hopefully governmental actions like this radical regulation will convince you of the merits of taking time out of your busy schedule to protect your profession, your country and your children.


  1. Share your own story of discrimination on CMA’s website. Click here to share your views and experience and click here to read what others are saying.
  2. Tell your lawmakers to oppose S 262, which, like the regulation described in the article above, redefines gender and provides no religious freedom protection. This bill uses youth programs to inject gender ideology and threaten faith-based groups.

Joint Letter on Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities

Faith Steps – new book by CMA Vice President for Government Relations Jonathan Imbody on how Christians can engage in the public square as a witness for Christ and to advance God’s principles and religious freedom. Available online at CMDA bookstore or by calling 888-230-2637. NEW: Use Faith Steps with your student or graduate group or Sunday School class, using a 13-week study guide.

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