By Hemant Mehta
Donald Trump announced earlier this month that his Department of Health and Human Services had finalized a rule that would allow doctors, nurses, insurance providers, and employers to refuse service to LGBTQ people if it violated their religious beliefs. (He first discussed the rule more than a year earlier.
The actual “rule” was a 440-page document laying out new “conscience regulations.” All hospitals, clinics, universities, etc. that received federal funding (including Medicare and Medicaid) would have to say they’re complying with the “conscience” rules in order to keep receiving money.
After the rule was published in the Federal Register, it would be 60 days until it went into effect. We’re in that 60 days right now, and a trio of organizations announced that they are suing the Trump administration to prevent this discriminatory set of rules from going into effect. Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and Lambda Legal are representing a slew of individuals and LGBTQ organizations in the case.
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