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By Charlotte Robinson, January 18, 2018
The Health & Human Services Office has created a new Division on Conscience & Religious Freedom, which will legalize discrimination for homophobic & anti-choice healthcare workers allowing them to refuse to treat transgender patients, LGBTQ people, those living with HIV & AIDS or those in need of abortion services by claiming moral or religious objections to doing their job. Rea Carey, Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force stated, “We are not fooled: The new office announced this morning is meant to make it easier for people to discriminate, not to protect people of faith. Health professionals have a duty to care for all their patients regardless of one's gender identity, sexual orientation, faith, creed, race, political views, gender, or disability & no one should be denied care for being who they are.” Michael Adams CEO of SAGE added, “Today’s announcement by the Trump administration -- allowing healthcare providers to deny LGBT & especially, transgender patients & others critical care in the name of religion -- is a horrifying next step in its coordinated effort to allow discrimination on religious grounds. Our federal government is creating a dystopian world in which it places the rights of those who discriminate over the care of people.” Sean Cahill, PhD, Director of Health Policy Research at The Fenway Institute concluded “Changes in regulations & guidance overseeing health & human services & the appointment of judges who are hostile to LGBT people, have made LGBT people much more vulnerable to discrimination in health care, social services, employment & access to government services.”Updates to Come.....
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