Who is Roger Severino?
Severino is in charge of preventing discrimination in federal health care programs. But instead of focusing on ensuring equal access, he’s using his office to argue that religious and personal objections be used to deny access to basic health care.
Under Severino’s leadership, OCR changed its mission statement from ensuring equal access to federal health programs to protecting religious freedom.Planned Parenthood Action
He helped establish a new office with HHS — called the Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom — dedicated to denying health care services to LGBT people, women who have abortions, and others.NPR
I could not think of a more dangerous person to head up the Office of Civil Rights at HHS.”
Senior Vice President of Policy and Political Affairs, Human Rights Commission (HRC)
He’s argued for the right to deny additional health care to women who have previously obtained an abortion.Heritage Foundation
U.S. Department of Health and Services (HHS)
The HHS Office for Civil Rights enforces the laws that ensure equality for all citizens. It also investigates attacks on civil rights, including violations of religious freedom and patient privacy.