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Thread by @LambdaLegal: "BREAKING: Proposed @HHSGov rule creating the @HHSOCR “Conscience and Religious Freedom Division" & targeting people, + people […]" #LGBTQ #HIV #RxforDiscrimination #LicenseToDiscriminate

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BREAKING: Proposed @HHSGov rule creating the @HHSOCR “Conscience and Religious Freedom Division" & targeting #LGBTQ people, #HIV+ people, women & more is out. We're reviewing now. Stay tuned. #RxforDiscrimination #LicenseToDiscriminate
Topline analysis: The @realDonaldTrump administration is using tax dollars to weaponize the @HHSGov Office of CIVIL RIGHTS (!) against #LGBTQ people. #RxforDiscrimination @HHSOCR
This rule attempts to turn oppressors into victims. #RxforDiscrimination
The purpose of this rule is clear: To provide a pathway for providers to refuse treatment to people. Whatever happened to "do no harm"? #RxforDiscrimination
Through this regulation, a provider with a "moral objection" doesn’t even have to give you information about where else you could go to get the health care you need. #RxForDiscrimination
In this rule, "sterilization" = "gender transition," which, by the way, is MEDICALLY NECESSARY health care (more on that here: bit.ly/2mVFPFH). #RxForDiscrimination
This rule is a blatant attack by the federal government against #LGBTQ people in need of health care. HEALTH CARE. The so-called "Office of Civil Rights" is being weaponized to actively work against the civil rights of people in this country. #RxForDiscrimination
This rule would allow religious counseling by health care providers. And we know what that means: conversion therapy. AKA, a form of torture that is not only ineffective, but actively harmful, and a violation of medical ethics. #RxForDiscrimination
Also note that this proposed rule doesn’t just protect health care institutions and medical providers who have religious objections — it shields anyone with a “moral” objection, too. #RxForDiscrimination
Not only is a government unit now tasked with ensuring that health care providers get to refuse care to #LGBTQ people (and #HIV+ people, and women, etc), THEY DON’T EVEN NEED TO GIVE YOU A REFERRAL. #RxForDiscrimination
AND this proposed rule allows these health care providers to do so at taxpayer expense. #RxForDiscrimination
It would allow these health care providers TO KEEP FEDERAL FUNDING AND ACCREDITATION even though they are violating laws that prohibit discrimination in the provision of health care, and violating medical ethical rules that also forbid such discrimination. #RxForDiscrimination
These refusals will hit hard against seniors, people living w/ disabilities & people w/ low income (aka those already vulnerable). Publicly-funded Medicare & Medicaid programs will become boosters of religious refusals of essential medical care. #RxForDiscrimination
.@realDonaldTrump admin's allowance of health workers both to refuse care & to refuse referrals for needed services will allow those w/ religious motives not just to refuse care but also block patients’ other routes of access. This is the worst medicine! #RxForDiscrimination
tl;dr version:

The @realDonaldTrump admin's latest attack on health care directly targets #LGBTQ people, people living with #HIV, women, people living with disabilities, seniors, people with low income & more. #RxForDiscrimination
.@realDonaldTrump is making a mockery of the medical profession. He and his administration are turning the Hippocratic Oath into the Hypocritical Oath. It's heinous. It goes against everything medical professionals should stand for. #RxForDiscrimination
🚨🚨ALERT🚨🚨

CONTACT US if you're refused service by any medical provider or health care organization because of a "religious" or "moral" objection. #RxforDiscrimination bit.ly/2mPYsuP
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