ATLANTA, GA – Attorney General Chris Carr recently joined a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar supporting proposed rules that would ensure that religious freedom and freedom of conscience rights are restored to their proper place in our constitutional system of government. Texas and Arizona co-led the comment letter, which 17 state attorneys general signed.

“I am pleased to see that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is taking meaningful action to ensure that Americans can abide by their religious, moral, and ethical beliefs without fear of government intimidation and discrimination,” said Attorney General Carr.

In January, HHS announced a new proposed rule that would designate its Office for Civil Rights to enforce 25 existing statutory protections for Americans involved in HHS-funded programs which were created to protect people from being coerced into participating in activities that violate their consciences.

Along with Georgia, the following states signed the letter: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

A copy is attached.