May 02, 2019

Americans United for Separation of Church and State condemns the Trump administration’s Denial of Care Rule that was announced today. The rule gives license to health care workers – doctors, surgeons, nurses, paramedics, receptionists, orderlies – to deny care to patients, no matter how dire the patients’ medical needs, based on personal religious or moral objections.

“This is the Trump administration’s most dangerous attempt yet to weaponize religious freedom, and we won’t stand for it,” said Rachel Laser, president and CEO of Americans United. “The Denial of Care Rule condones discrimination by health care workers – our trusted medical professionals on whom we rely in our most vulnerable moments.

“It is clear that women, LGBTQ people and religious minorities are the intended targets, but it doesn’t stop there. The rule is so broad that everyone – including sick children, pregnant women and senior citizens – is at risk.

“It is un-American for the Trump administration to authorize medical professionals to circumvent our shared secular values to deny patients lifesaving medical care. We are prepared to take any action possible to challenge this unconscionable rule and protect true religious freedom in America.”

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.