Trump’s new rule allows health care workers to discriminate against LGBTQIA+ people

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Michey Nolasco, Writer

The Trump Administration’s final rule has left many devastated. This rule falls under the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division. This rule does not change the law, it invites healthcare workers, doctors, hospitals, and health insurance companies to deny treatment(s) along with the coverage of healthcare to anyone who is LGBTQIA+. 

This rule was released on Friday, June 12. Only 2 weeks into the PRIDE month.

The LGBTQIA+ community is more vulnerable than ever before. Due to this rule, the fear of discrimination, will make people avoid seeking healthcare. When LGBTQIA+ people do seek healthcare, studies show they don’t receive the same consistent treatment nor respect  compared to other patients.

This rule reverses Obama’s proposal, the Hate Crimes Prevention Act that protects the LGBTQIA+ community against discrimination. 

Many have joined in on the “Trans Rights Are Civil Rights Are Human Rights”. The Human Rights Campaign also became a participant in this movement.

The Human Rights Campaign was founded by Steve Endean in 1980. Endean was a LGBTQ+ rights activist and attended University of Minnesota from 1968-1972. After Endean’s passing in 1993, Aplhono David became the president of the Human Rights Campaign.

“Politicians have no business coming in between me and my healthcare,” stated the Human Rights Organization Campaign.

The Human Rights Campaign has just announced that they plan to sue the Trump Administration with the help from the Transgender Law Center, the Harvard Health Law and Policy Innovation, and the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Though the HRC is not the only organization taking legal actions against the Trump Admin. The Lambda Legal organization has filed a lawsuit  for refusing to enforce nondiscrimination protections for our communities.

Resources: https://khn.org/morning-breakout/trump-administrations-expanded-conscience-rule-will-allow-medical-professionals-to-refuse-to-provide-health-care-services/