Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) has signed a new law that allows health care workers to refuse service based on religious or moral objections.

The measure targets mainly members of the LGBTQ community. It says health care workers and institutions such as hospitals have the right not to participate in non-emergency forms of care, reported the Associated Press.

Opponents charge that the new law could have broad applications. It could be cited, for example, by pharmacists who refuse to fill prescriptions for birth control or doctors who don’t want to treat transgender patients. It might also allow hospitals to override patients’ wishes on end-of-life care.

“There is no sugarcoating this: This bill is another brazen attempt to make it easier to discriminate against people and deny Arkansans the health care services they need,” ACLU of Arkansas Executive Director Holly Dickson said in a statement. 

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Americans United & the National Women’s Law Center file suit to challenge Missouri’s abortion bans.

Abortion bans violate the separation of church and state. Americans United and the National Women’s Law Center—the leading experts in religious freedom and gender justice—have joined forces with thirteen clergy from six faith traditions to challenge Missouri’s abortion bans as unconstitutionally imposing one narrow religious doctrine on everyone.


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