This proposed new regulation could allow hospitals, insurance plans, healthcare providers, and even a receptionist to use religion to turn away patients in need of care—no matter how much harm it would cause. Patients could even be denied life-saving care. This threatens the health of countless Americans, especially women and LGBTQ people.
The Department of Health and Human Services new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division of the Office for Civil Rights will enforce this sweeping new regulation.
Religious freedom is fundamental, but so is the right to get the healthcare you need. The government should not allow the religious beliefs of a healthcare provider to come before what is best for the patient.
Rule Status Proposed on January 19, 2018
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