Trump Advances Religious Discrimination in Healthcare

Nov 2018
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Essentially, you cannot depend upon your health service provider to provide you health services if they have "religious objections" to the indicated care. Next will be the police and fire departments which will allow personnel to withhold services to those people who are seen as inconsistent with certain religious ideas?
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Trump administration creates new religious, moral protections for health workers



…just today we finalized new protections of conscience rights for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, teachers, students and faith-based charities. They’ve been wanting to do that for a long time," Trump said.

The rule represents a major victory for Christian and anti-abortion groups that are close allies of the administration.
 
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This needs to be challenged in court, soon. If someone is gay or lesbian and is admitted to the emergency room on their deathbed after a hate crime, can doctors refuse to help that person? Under this rule, probably.

This quote from your article sums up why this is wrong:

""Religious liberty is a fundamental right, but it doesn’t include the right to discriminate or harm others," said Louise Melling, deputy legal director at the American Civil Liberties Union. "Denying patients health care is not religious liberty. Medical standards, not religious belief, should guide medical care.""

Once this goes to court, it's gonna get shot down very quickly.

Oh wait, it's already started:

Herrera sues Trump administration to protect health care for women, LGBTQ community, and others - City Attorney of San Francisco

"SAN FRANCISCO (May 2, 2019) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera today announced he had filed suit against the Trump administration’s Department of Health and Human Services to invalidate a new federal rule that would allow health care staff to refuse to provide medical treatment to people, even in emergencies. If allowed to take effect, the rule would reduce access to health care, particularly for women; lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender people; and other medically and socially vulnerable populations.

In the lawsuit, filed today in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Herrera says that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services exceeded its statutory authority by creating its so-called “conscience” rule and violated the Administrative Procedure Act, the spending clause, separation of powers principles, and other provisions of the U.S. Constitution.

“At its core, this rule is about denying people medical care,” Herrera said. “This administration is willing to sacrifice patients’ health and lives — particularly those of women, members of the LGBTQ community, and low-income families — to score right-wing political points. It’s reprehensible. People’s health should not be a political football. The intent of this new rule is clear: it’s to prioritize religious beliefs over patient care, thereby undermining access to contraception, abortion, HIV treatment and a host of other medical services. We are not going to let the Trump administration push our country back to 1940s health care.”

The new rule requires cities like San Francisco — in all circumstances — to prioritize a staff person’s religious beliefs over the health and lives of patients. The rule is so broad it applies not just to doctors and nurses, but anyone even tangentially related to health care, like receptionists. Schedulers, for example, could refuse to schedule appointments for LGBTQ patients or a woman seeking information about an abortion, with potentially devastating impacts on the patients’ health or lives. If San Francisco sought to address the situation by transferring the staff person to another assignment so their professional role did not conflict with their personal beliefs, that could be considered “discrimination” against the staffer under the new federal rule."

I've said this before, the right is only ever interested in hurting people they don't like. They almost never want to help anyone. This is exactly why they love Russia so much. They want the US to be exactly like them.
 
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This sort of religious arrogance is really an attempt to apply punishment to those who do not agree with the religion. Shameful! Especially for those professions which involve trust, confidentiality and dependence/reliance upon the professional. We ask for help from professionals because we cannot accomplish the task ourselves. We are dependent upon them, sometimes for a life saving service.
 
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This sort of religious arrogance is really an attempt to apply punishment to those who do not agree with the religion. Shameful! Especially for those professions which involve trust, confidentiality and dependence/reliance upon the professional. We ask for help from professionals because we cannot accomplish the task ourselves. We are dependent upon them, sometimes for a life saving service.
These people really are sick. It’s really beyond my ability to understand how people can be so evil to others.
 
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Hmmmmmm I see muslim Drs refusing to treat gays who come in with pork rib bones stuck in their windpipes next. What's the world coming to?
 
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Hmmmmmm I see muslim Drs refusing to treat gays who come in with pork rib bones stuck in their windpipes next. What's the world coming to?
You're on a road trip and late at night you rush to emergency because you have a wad of bacon stuck in your throat. The only doctor is a Muslim who refuses to touch it all the while praising Trump for giving him this right.

How would you like that?
 
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The fake christians will surely get on board with this. They'd love hospitals to be able to turn away injured/dying gay people, or any other group they don't approve of (those pesky brown people, for example).

They are private businesses just discriminating against people over their political views. This is the new normal here in clownworld.
 

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