Notably, the two scholars say that Becerra has taken steps to attempt to force organizations such as pro-life pregnancy centers and religious foster-care agencies to violate their principles.
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On Thursday, the legal group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) praised the new rule for upholding the religious freedom of faith-based adoption and foster care agencies.
Access to clergy has resulted in the Office of Civil Rights resolving several complaints during the pandemic.
Becerra’s record in California shows that he, perhaps more than any other state attorney general, has been willing to wield the power of the state to enforce pro-abortion policies against religious and pro-life groups.
The Trump administration has intervened on a number of occasions when pandemic-era policies have transgressed against liberty protections.
After Litigation, New HHS Policy Ends Prohibition on Abortion for Undocumented Minors in Federal Custody
The case dates back to 2017, when the ACLU sued the administration on behalf of an unnamed 17 year-old immigrant who alleged that she had requested an abortion while in a federally-operated shelter in Texas but was not able to procure one because of federal policies.
Pro-life advocates have called for greater transparency in order to prevent a “hidden abortion surcharge” which many enrollees may be unaware of when choosing a plan.
Bethany Christian Services, which provides social services in more than 30 states and more than a dozen countries, praised the order for its insistence that the federal government work together with community and faith-based organizations in an “‘all hands on deck’ approach.”
In May 2019, the Trump administration announced it was considering changing regulations related to section 1557, removing the expansive definition of “sex” and requiring that non-discrimination protections be interpreted in line with First Amendment freedoms.
Disability rights advocates filed a complaint with the HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR), alleging that the state limits on hospital visitations during the new coronavirus pandemic did not accommodate the needs of persons with disabilities.