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>> In a move praised by Conservatives and criticized by Democrats, the Trump administration announced Thursday a plan to protect health workers who morally or religiously object to performing abortions or other treatments.>>
The US Department of Health and Human Services will create a new division within its Office of Civil Rights that will enforce the rights of religious freedom.
Reuters correspondent Caroline Humer.>> This division is gonna do this sorta enforcement work around this. If a healthcare worker comes forward and makes a complaint, then this division will look at it and decide whether or not this complaint will be upheld. Experts think that this will be, basically, the division's responsibility to kinda push back the lines in terms of what exemptions, workers and hospitals can practice when it comes to these kinds of services.
>> The new division is likely to face legal and ethical challenges. The American civil liberties union says religious freedom is not a license to discriminate. According to reports transgender patients could fall under this new shield for health workers as well. Democrats were quick to criticize the move.>> Democrats don't like this Senator Patty Murray this morning sent out a statement just saying this was something that was probably gonna deprive rights of people.
Of women, of transgendered people, left discrimination open.>> The decision by the Trump administration comes just a day before the annual March for Life in Washington DC, where anti-abortion activists and supporters march the capital streets.