Rachel N. Morrison

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Rachel N. Morrison is a Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where she directs EPPC’s HHS Accountability Project. 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 Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where she directs EPPC’s HHS Accountability Project. 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 lives with her husband and daughter in Virginia.

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EEOC Proposes Expansive Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Regulations

Rachel N. Morrison

On August 7, 2023, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued proposed regulations implementing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.

Federalist Society / September 14, 2023

Gender Ideology Is Taking Over Pregnant Workers’ Protection Law

Rachel N. Morrison

A Democrat-controlled federal agency is undermining this much-needed law to advance its own agenda, erasing women in the process.

Newsweek / September 7, 2023

HHS’s Crusade Against Religious Freedom and Conscience Rights in Healthcare

Rachel N. Morrison

The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently threatened to strip federal funding from an Oklahoma Catholic hospital. The reason? The hospital had a small sacred candle lit in its chapel.

Articles

HHS Proposes Special HIPAA Privacy Rules for “Reproductive Health Care” Information

Rachel N. Morrison

The NPRM would modify privacy standards under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) for information related to “reproductive health care.”

Articles

The Federalist Society / May 23, 2023

EPPC Scholars Submit Comments Opposing ED’s Proposed Gender Identity Mandate in Athletics

EPPC

On May 15, 2023, EPPC scholars Rachel N. Morrison, Mary Rice Hasson, and Eric Kniffin submitted a public comment opposing…

PDF / May 15, 2023

ED Proposes Title IX Athletics Rule Requiring Participation Based on Gender Identity

Rachel N. Morrison

On April 13, 2023, the Department of Education (ED) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) titled “Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance: Sex-Related Eligibility Criteria for Male and Female Athletic Teams.”

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EPPC Scholars Submit Comment Opposing Contraceptive Mandate Proposed Rule

Rachel N. Morrison

The Departments fail to establish a need for the Proposed Rule.

PDF / April 4, 2023

EPPC Scholars Submit Comment Opposing ED’s Proposed Rescission of Religious Student Group Protections

Rachel N. Morrison

On Friday, March 24, 2023, EPPC scholars Rachel N. Morrison and Natalie Dodson submitted a public comment opposing the U.S….

PDF / March 24, 2023

EPPC Scholars Submit Comment Opposing Proposed Rule for Faith-Based Organizations Partnering with Nine Agencies

Rachel N. Morrison

On March 14, 2023, EPPC scholars Rachel N. Morrison and Eric Kniffin submitted a public comment opposing a proposed rule…

PDF / March 15, 2023

Nine Agencies Propose Regulations for Partnerships with Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations

Rachel N. Morrison

On January 13, 2023, nine agencies issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) titled “Partnerships With Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations” to “clarify protections for beneficiaries and potential beneficiaries receiving federally funded social services and the rights and obligations of organizations providing such services.”

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The Federalist Society / March 7, 2023

EPPC Scholars Submit Comment Opposing HHS’s Proposed Rule on Conscience Rights in Health Care

EPPC

On March 6, 2023, EPPC scholars Rachel N. Morrison, Eric Kniffin, Mary Rice Hasson, and Natalie Dodson submitted a public…

PDF / March 7, 2023

No One Should Be Forced To Choose Between His Faith And His Paycheck

Rachel N. Morrison

Should American employees be forced to choose between making a living and freely exercising their religious beliefs? That is the question the Supreme Court is considering in Groff v. DeJoy.

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The Federalist / March 6, 2023