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ADF to Biden admin: Don't replace bad rule with worse one

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Julie Marie Blake regarding a formal comment ADF attorneys submitted Wednesday with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services urging it to withdraw a proposed grants rule that would discriminate against recipients of taxpayer funds based on their policies protecting the safety of women and girls in sports teams, private facilities, education, healthcare, and housing:

“Americans should be free to live out their ethical and religious beliefs without fear of government retribution. While HHS is right to rescind its Obama-era grants rule that coerces foster care providers to violate their beliefs about marriage and sexuality, the Biden administration is attempting to replace a bad rule with a worse one. The new rule would violate Americans’ religious liberty, free speech, and parental rights by redefining ‘sex’ in Title IX and other federal laws in a way that harms women and children in health care and education programs. Beneficiaries of federal programs need the help of faith-based agencies now more than ever, and HHS has no authority to place political agendas over the safety of women and girls.”

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, parental rights, and the sanctity of life.

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