Moms Leader Calls Trump Administration’s New Rule a ‘Dangerous, Unethical License to Discriminate in Health Care’
“The harmful, discriminatory rule the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued today is dangerous, unethical and repugnant to America’s moms, who want health care providers to put patients first and ensure that all people get the health care they need. Today’s rule allows federally-funded health care providers (hospitals, doctors, nurses and other individuals and institutions) to deny care to patients based on a provider’s personal or religious beliefs — and not make decisions based on what is best for the patient. This will result in taxpayer-funded discrimination toward people who already experience barriers to care, particularly LGBTQ+ people, patients of color, and women. It has no place in our country.
“Health care providers’ religious beliefs should never be allowed to trump the needs of their patients. No hospital or health care providing institution that receives government funding should be allowed to pick and choose who it provides or denies care to based on personal or religious beliefs. This rule provides a license to discriminate in federally funded institutions. It will result in denial of care to some of the most vulnerable patients in the nation and it is abhorrent to our values.
“When it comes to health care, the patient should always come first. The moms of America vehemently oppose discrimination in health care and we will fight this new rule. This is another part of the administration’s attack on our families’ access to health care. It is truly a disgrace.”