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    VA Sets Rules for Employees to Opt Out of Providing Abortions over Religious Objections

    VA Sets Rules for Employees to Opt Out of Providing Abortions over Religious Objections

    The Department of Veterans Affairs has formalized the process for employees to opt out of providing abortion care for religious reasons.

    In guidance sent out Friday, the department specified that employees can ask their supervisor or a “reasonable accommodation coordinator” for a religious exemption to the VA's recently implemented abortion policy. The department also released the forms coordinators and physicians will use during the request process.

    “VA's goal is to meet the needs of veterans while protecting VA employees' statutory rights, including those that protect their religious exercise and beliefs,” the department said in a fact sheet accompanying the guidance.

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    “Physicians (MD and DO), residents, fellows, and medical students (physician trainees) may, for any reason, opt out of performing induced abortions, receiving or providing training in the performance of induced abortions, providing referrals for such training or such abortions, or making arrangements for training or performance of induced abortions,” the fact sheet added.

    The release of a formal religious exemption process comes after a nurse practitioner at the Olin E. Teague Veterans' Center in Temple, Texas, filed a lawsuit in December that alleged a supervisor twice brushed off her request for religious accommodation, at one point telling her to “just wait”…

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