With the Trump administration's new Denial of Care Rule, none of us are safe.
The Denial of Care Rule empowers virtually any health care worker – doctors, surgeons, nurses, receptionists, orderlies – to deny care to any patient, no matter how dire the patient’s medical needs, based on personal religious or moral objections. The rule sets no limits on what constitutes a religious or moral refusal, nor does it establish appropriate safeguards to ensure that patients who are denied care get the treatment they need.
Americans United is prepared to take any action possible to challenge this unconscionable rule and protect true religious freedom in America.
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Women seeking reproductive health care, the LGBTQ community and religious minorities are the intended targets, but the Denial of Care Rule doesn’t stop there. It is so broad that everyone – including sick children, pregnant women and senior citizens – is at risk.
The rule could be cited by health care workers to discriminate against patients in these and a host of other cases: An interracial or interfaith couple seeking fertility treatments could be turned away by a hospital receptionist who objects to their marriage. An assisted-living facility nurse could refuse to assist an elderly resident whose oxygen tank is malfunctioning because the patient displays the Jewish Star of David in her room. A pediatrician could refuse to treat a sick child because his parents are gay or transgender.
“This is the Trump administration’s most dangerous attempt yet to weaponize religious freedom, and we won’t stand for it. The Denial of Care Rule condones discrimination by health care workers – our trusted medical professionals on whom we rely in our most vulnerable moments.”
~ AU President and CEO Rachel Laser
May 2, 2019: On the National Day of Prayer, President Trump announced the Denial of Care Rule, which empowers virtually any health care worker to deny care to any patient based on personal religious or moral objections. Read AU's statement here and our blog post here.
Jan. 19, 2018: The Trump administration proposed the Denial of Care Rule the day after the Department of Health and Human Services created the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division to enforce extreme and harmful interpretations of federal religious freedom laws. Read AU's statement here and a blog post about the propose rule here.