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Freedom of religion is important, which is why it is protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution. However, religious freedom doesn’t give anyone the right to discriminate against others, or to refuse them care.
Existing laws already allow health care providers to put their religious beliefs before patient care. This proposed interpretation would expand those laws in new ways. The LGBTQ community, women, and other people could be at great risk.
On April 5, 2019, the Department of Justice (DOJ) agreed with seven states and private plaintiffs that part of a regulation over Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was unlawful. The DOJ also suggested to the court that a new proposed rule—which has been under review at the White House for nearly a year—would be released in the near future. This article summarizes the lawsuit and where things stand.
LGBTQ people face disturbing rates of health care discrimination including harassment and denials of care, and often avoid doctor’s offices out of fear of discrimination. LGBTQ community centers continually work to overcome stigmas and discrimination, and this policy will significantly increase the time they spend helping individuals find alternative care.
If strong, clear rules prohibiting discrimination based on religion are eliminated, it will lead to confusion, unequal access, and potential rollbacks of landmark progress in health coverage and care, particularly for women and LGBTQ patients.
Tell the administration why you oppose the proposed changes to Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. Submit your public comment or personal story using the boxes below.