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When two-year-old Katie knocked her tooth out, the dentist wouldn't treat her because she has two mommies. When an Oklahoma rape survivor needed emergency contraception, her emergency room doctor refused, citing religious beliefs. And Tamesha Means of Michigan was forced to suffer an infection and hemorrhage when her water broke at just 18 weeks after she was turned away twice because Mercy Health Partners hospital refused to provide emergency miscarriage treatment.
These are real stories from real people--and the situation will only worsen if Trump's Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has its way. On Friday, it announced a new rule to allow any medical professional, insurance plan, or hospital to refuse to treat a patient on "religious or moral" grounds--legalizing the kind of discrimination these women faced, and basically threatening that discrimination on a massive scale.
For a rural woman suffering from a miscarriage, this could mean being turned away from the ER. For LGBTQ folks, a homophobic doctor could refuse to treat any condition, including in an emergency. And for the 40 million women on Medicaid, legalized discrimination makes it hard or impossible to find another provider that takes Medicaid insurance.
There's a chance to stop this. HHS is taking comments from the public before this proposal becomes law. We need our comments to outnumber those submitted by religious extremists who support this proposal. A furiously loud outcry will demonstrate to Trump's HHS that there will be a political price to pay for messing with our health care and will convince it to reverse course. Can you sign and leave a comment opposing this sick proposal to legalize medical discrimination?
When you leave a comment, it's best to speak in your own voice, but here are some points you can include: