Court Blocks Trump Rule Allowing LGBTQ+ Discrimination in Healthcare

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    A Trump administration rule allowing health care workers to refuse to treat LGBTQ+ patients was blocked on Wednesday after a district court ruled it unconstitutional.

    In a 147-page decision, U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer of the Southern District of New York claimed that guidelines from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) allowing hospitals and clinics to deny care on the basis of religious beliefs conflicts with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which forbids discrimination on the basis of characteristics like race and sex. LGBTQ+ advocates have long argued the latter term is inclusive of characteristics like sexual orientation and gender identity.

    In finding that the HHS “conscience” protections violate the 55-year-old civil rights laws, Englemayer claimed it was “promulgated arbitrarily and capriciously” and called into question the “validity and integrity” of the Trump administration’s decision-making.

    The district judge also claimed it was “factually untrue” that the White House put forward the “religious freedom” protections following a “significant increase” in complaints that hospital workers and clinicians were being forced to violate the tenets of their faith by treating LGBTQ+ patients. Engelmayer estimated that just six percent of the cases cited by HHS — or less than two dozen — related to actual conscience claims.

    Will Trumpler and his fascist followers appeal Engelmeyer’s decision to try to protect the the LGBT community from fascist scapegoating and persecution to his personal puppet SCOTUS?……

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    NPR said the HHS said there had been 343 complaints filed by health care providers about being forced to violate their religious beliefs over the last year. It turned out there had only been 20, which seriously pissed off the judge. Alternative facts are now standard for federal agencies.

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