(Washington, DC, May 2, 2019) – “Everyone deserves healthcare, especially the most marginalized who face barriers to access. Turning anyone away from health services is immoral. Despite their claims, the Trump administration’s rule will harm LGBTQ people. Discrimination is insidious, sometimes guised as religion, which is why the National LGBTQ Task Force is working for full legal protections,” said Rea Carey, Executive Director.
“The final conscience rule issued today by HHS allows virtually any individual or entity involved in a patient’s care to put personal beliefs ahead of a patient’s health,” said Naomi Washington-Leapheart, M.Div., Faith Work Director. “As a religious leader, I am outraged that conscience is being used as an instrument of discrimination. Denying care is not an act of faithfulness – it is an attempt to keep access, agency, and wellbeing from those who are most vulnerable, including women, LGBTQ people, and poor people. Providing healthcare and protecting freedom of conscience are not competing values; and, compelled by my faith, I am committed to working to ensure that all people have the right to receive compassionate and comprehensive care every time they need it.”