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New HHS division protects health workers who oppose abortion

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the formation of a Conscience and Religious Freedom Division, which will serve to protect health professionals who choose not to provide medical care to patients for religious or moral reasons.

Why it matters: The new office, established one day before the annual March for Life in Washington, will investigate complaints against health workers who object to abortions, sex-change operations, fertility treatments for same-sex couples or other medical services at odds with their beliefs.