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Emergency Physicians’ Statement on New HHS Conscience Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In response to a proposed rule by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that seeks to expand protections for health care providers with objections to certain activities based on religious or moral convictions, Paul Kivela, MD, MBA, FACEP, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and Zach Jarou, MD, president of the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA), released the following joint statement:

“Anyone.  Anything. Anytime.  Both by law and by oath, emergency physicians care for ALL patients seeking emergency medical treatment.  Denial of emergency care or delays in providing emergency services based on race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnic background, social status, type of illness, or ability to pay, are unethical [according to our Code of Ethics].”  

EMRA is the voice of emergency medicine physicians-in-training and the future of our specialty. EMRA is the largest and oldest independent resident organization in the world. EMRA was founded in 1974 and today has a membership over 16,000 residents, medical students, and alumni. 

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is the national medical society representing emergency medicine. Through continuing education, research, public education, and advocacy, ACEP advances emergency care on behalf of its 40,000 emergency physician members, and the more than 150 million people they treat on an annual basis. For more information, visit and

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