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AFFA STATEMENT ON TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S CREATION OF NEW CONSCIENCE AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DIVISION WITHIN THE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT

Charleston, SC. January 17, 2018 – Today, the Department of Health and Human Services, under the direction of the Trump administration, announced the creation of a new “conscience and religious freedom” division, which will clear a path for doctors, nurses and other medical professionals to refuse to provide services that violate their moral or religious beliefs.

In response, AFFA (Alliance For Full Acceptance) Executive Director, Chase Glenn, released the following statement:
“The creation of this ‘conscience and religious freedom’ division is giving license to doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals to discriminate against the LGBTQ community without negative repercussions. A doctor could refuse to prescribe medication to a gay man. A nurse could refuse to assist in a lesbian’s emergency C-section. A pharmacist could refuse to fill a transgender person’s hormone prescription. Every American deserves access to medically necessary healthcare and religious freedom should never mean there is freedom to discriminate against a person because of their identity.
On a personal note, as a transgender man, I find this recent development particularly frightening. I should not have to live in fear that I could one day be wheeled into the E.R., in need of help, only to be turned away. Denying to care for a person because of their gender, sexual orientation or gender identity means we are compromising the level of care in our healthcare system as a whole. This is not progress. This is not freedom. This is discrimination.”

AFFA (Alliance for Full Acceptance) is a social justice organization that strives to achieve equality and acceptance for the Lowcountry area LGBTQ community, through support, advocacy and education in schools, businesses and government organizations. Established in 1998, AFFA has over 1600 donor/members and is headquartered in Charleston, SC. For more information visit: affa-sc.org.

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