New White House Rules Will Open Door to Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination in Doctors’ Offices and Hospitals

By Adam Polaski • January 17, 2018 • 5:07 pm

Today the Trump administration indicated its intention to allow health workers who claim a moral or religious objection to refuse to provide treatment for transgender patients or women. The proposed rule, which would be a significant shift for the HHS civil rights office, is currently being reviewed by the White House and could be issued as soon as this week.

 Masen Davis, CEO of Freedom for All Americans, said today:

“The dangerous HHS change being proposed by the White House would put transgender people and women at risk of being denied life-saving medical care. The idea of allowing health providers to refuse to treat anybody because of who they are is contrary to the values we stand for as Americans. When medical clinics and hospitals open their doors to serve the public, they must take in everyone on equal terms. Religiously-affiliated providers are already protected from performing procedures that violate their religious beliefs, but this proposed rule goes far beyond our Constitution’s promise of religious freedom — it’s discrimination, plain and simple.”

The proposed rule is consistent with sweeping guidance that Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued in the fall that grants federal agencies, employees, and government contractors a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people. The guidance stems from an executive order President Trump originally issued in the summer.

This week Freedom for All Americans was proud to partner with the Movement Advancement Project on the release of a new report analyzing the impact of discrimination on LGBTQ people in places of public accommodation, which in most states include doctors’ offices and hospitals.

One of the findings in a 2017 survey by the Center for American Progress shows that 18% of LGBTQ people avoided doctors’ offices in the past year for fear of discrimination.

It’s vital that we take a stand against this “Prescription for Discrimination” from the White House. Join us on social media by spreading the word that we resist this #RxForDiscrimination!

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