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 religious minorities, women, LGBTQ people, interracial couples and others.
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 should be a shield that protects, not a sword that causes harm by denying patients the medical care they need.
Rule Status Proposed on January 19, 2018
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