Nov 07, 2019

Americans United for Separation of Church and State President and CEO Rachel Laser issued the following statement in response to U.S. District Judge Stanley A. Bastian’s decision today to declare unlawful the Trump administration’s dangerous Denial of Care Rule and to block it from going into effect on Nov. 22:

“The Trump administration is now 0 for 2 in trying to defend its harmful Denial of Care Rule that puts patients’ lives at risk in the name of ‘religious freedom.’ We hope the federal judges in our cases in California and Maryland will echo the judges in New York and now Washington – that this rule is unlawful, unconstitutional and cannot take effect. Patients should never be denied care based on who they are, who they love or what they believe.”

Americans United is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, the organization educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom.