Every American "has the absolute right to live according to the teachings of their faith and the convictions of their heart", the president said. "To protect this heritage, my administration has strongly defended religious liberty".
The final rule drew immediate condemnation from several civil and reproductive rights groups.
President Trump's Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights on Thursday announced a final rule that "protects individuals and health care entities from discrimination on the basis of their exercise of conscience".
Edwin Yohnka, director of communications and public policy at ACLU Illinois, told Windy City Times that the rule would likely not change the Illinois laws on this matter, which are inscribed in Illinois' Healthcare Right of Conscience Act.
The rule would require institutions that receive money from federal programs to certify that they comply with some 25 federal laws protecting conscience and religious rights.
This would mean that "health care providers can refuse to provide medical care, including contraception, abortion, and procedures for transgender patients", that go against their religious beliefs, according to Mother Jones.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, said that previous year the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division of the Office of Civil Rights "was established at HHS to investigate and address conscience violations - an essential step to protect pro-life doctors and nurses like Cathy DeCarlo, who was forced to assist in a late-term abortion or lose her job". Health and Human Services (HHS) officials contend these were inadequately enforced so this new rule clarifies those protections and includes additional enforcement. "It completed that rescission in 2011. since 2011, conscience and coercion in health care have been the subjects of significant litigation at the state and local level".
The Trump administration on Thursday announced the final version of a "conscience rule" for health care providers.
President Trump listens as recovering opioid addict Ashley Evans addresses a National Day of Prayer event in the White House Rose Garden on May 2, 2019, in Washington. President Trump said, "We will fight with all our strength and everything that we have in our bodies to defeat anti-Semitism, to end the attacks on the Jewish people and to conquer all forms of persecution, intolerance and hate".
At the Rose Garden ceremony, Trump also noted the three black churches set aflame in Louisiana, along with the bombings of churches in Sri Lanka, the attack on a mosque in New Zealand and the attack on synagogue in Pittsburgh past year.
The rabbi was among a group of leaders from different faiths who joined President Trump at the event.
President Trump stood at a podium in the Rose Garden as he recalled his first phone conversation with Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein. "In God we trust - so important". "How do you go through those witch hunts and everything else?"
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The annual National Day of Prayer is a government-proclaimed day offered to Americans with a focus on the need to pray for the well-being of America and those in leadership at all levels of national, church and educational areas.
KODJAK: And also the 2020 election campaign is heating up, and the president has a very strong following among religious conservatives.
Regarding the recent attacks at churches and places of worship, Pence specifically referenced the burning of black churches in Louisiana, which he will visit on Friday, the attacks on a New Zealand mosque and most recently at the Chabad of Poway synagogue in California.