Statement on HHS Conscience and Religious Freedom Division

As physicians, we have an obligation to ensure patients are treated with dignity while accessing and receiving the best possible care to meet their clinical needs.  We will not and cannot, in good conscience, compromise our responsibility to heal the sick based upon a patient’s racial identification, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, disability, immigration status, or economic status. In view of this, the Massachusetts Medical Society is disappointed in and concerned by the Department of Health and Human Services’ formation of a ”Conscience and Religious Freedom” Division.

-Henry L. Dorkin, MD, FAAP, President, Massachusetts Medical Society

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