Rachel N. Morrison

Policy Analyst

Rachel N. Morrison is a Policy Analyst at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where she works on EPPC’s HHS Accountability Project. As an attorney, her legal and policy work focuses on religious liberty, health care rights of conscience, the right to life, nondiscrimination, and civil rights.

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Rachel N. Morrison is a Policy Analyst at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where she works on EPPC’s HHS Accountability Project. As an attorney, her legal and policy work focuses on religious liberty, health care rights of conscience, the right to life, nondiscrimination, and civil rights.

Before joining EPPC, Ms. Morrison served as an Attorney Advisor and Special Assistant to General Counsel Sharon Fast Gustafson at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), where she focused on religious discrimination issues and was a member of the General Counsel’s Religious Discrimination Work Group. Before that, she served as Litigation Counsel for Americans United for Life and as a Constitutional Law Fellow at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, defending the right to life and religious freedom for all. She also clerked on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Ms. Morrison’s legal analysis has been published in the Seton Hall Law Review, the Pepperdine Law Review, and the Ave Maria Law Review, as well as various other print media outlets.

Ms. Morrison earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from the Pepperdine University School of Law, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as an editor for the Pepperdine Law Review and the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. She received her B.A. in Mathematics and Speech Communication, summa cum laude, from Whitworth University (Spokane, WA). She is a member of the District of Columbia and the Washington State bars.

Ms. Morrison and her husband live in Washington, D.C.

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EPPC Scholar Files Supreme Court Brief Supporting Challenge to Lack of Religious Exemptions in New…

Rachel N. Morrison

EPPC Policy Analyst Rachel N. Morrison filed a motion and proposed Supreme Court amici brief in support of an emergency application challenging New York’s vaccine mandate.

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Publications / November 16, 2021

When Are Religious Exemptions to COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates Required?

Rachel N. Morrison

Maine’s flat denial of religious accommodations for employees who object to receiving COVID-19 vaccines is not only unusual, it is unlawful.

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National Review Online / November 10, 2021

Twelve States Stand up to Becerra’s Efforts to Fund Planned Parenthood Under Title X

Rachel N. Morrison

A group of twelve states led by Ohio has sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Secretary Xavier Becerra over new Title X regulations that would take family-planning money away from the states and give it to America’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.

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National Review Online / November 9, 2021

EPPC Scholar Comment for Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Meeting

Rachel N. Morrison

EPPC Policy Analyst Rachel N. Morrison submitted a public comment to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, urging the committee “to consider ways to incentivize, procure, and require production of vaccines that do not have connections to aborted fetal cell lines so that everyone in the U.S. that desires a vaccine to prevent serious disease in themselves and others can receive one without violating their conscience or religious beliefs.”

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In OSHA We Trust?

Roger Severino

The administration is exploiting a little-used OSHA ‘emergency’ standard to do its dirty work of coercing millions of Americans to get vaxxed.

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National Review Online / October 28, 2021

EPPC Scholars Meet with Federal Officials to Discuss Concerns Over OSHA’s COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Rule

Rachel N. Morrison

EPPC Policy Analyst Rachel N. Morrison and EPPC Senior Fellow Roger Severino met with federal government officials to discuss concerns over OSHA’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard Rulemaking.

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Biden and Becerra Kill Democratic Norms in Rush to Fund Big Abortion

Rachel N. Morrison

The unprecedented politicization of OMB and HHS rulemaking processes under President Biden and HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra violates long-standing agency norms and undercuts the democratic process.

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National Review Online / October 9, 2021

‘Separate but Equal’ Policies Have No Place in Health Care

Rachel N. Morrison

America tried “separate but equal” policies once before, and just like then, they have no place today in health care.

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NH Journal / October 4, 2021

Race Discrimination by Any Other Name Is Still Race Discrimination

Rachel N. Morrison

Despite what some attempt to claim these days, race discrimination, even for the purpose of “equity,” is still race discrimination — and illegal.

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National Review Online / September 30, 2021

Does the EEOC Really Get to Decide Whether RFRA Applies in Employment-Discrimination Lawsuits?

Rachel N. Morrison

RFRA should be available in all cases as a defense whenever the government substantially burdens religious exercise — regardless of whether the government is a party to the lawsuit.

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National Review Online / September 22, 2021

EPPC Scholar Comment Opposing Proposed HHS Insurance Regulations

Rachel N. Morrison

EPPC Policy Analyst Rachel N. Morrison submitted a public comment to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services objecting to a proposed rule related to separate payments for abortion services and other insurance regulations.

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Publications / July 29, 2021

Separate Payments for Abortion Services and Other Changes in HHS’s Proposed Insurance Regulations

Rachel N. Morrison

A new rule proposed by HHS would, among other changes, reverse Trump-era insurance regulations requiring separate billing and collection of payments for certain abortion services.

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