New Trump Administration Rule Threatens Americans’ Health Care, Says Americans United

The Trump administration today issued a rule aimed at allowing health care workers to use religion as a reason to deny patients medical care. The move comes in the wake of the administration’s Jan. 18 decision to create a Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The new office will be tasked with enforcing today’s rule.

Maggie Garrett, legislative director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, issued the following statement:

New HHS Office On ‘Religious Freedom’ Endangers Americans’ Health, Says Americans United

Today, the Trump administration created a Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This new division will enforce the administration’s extreme and harmful interpretations of federal religious freedom laws. In addition, it will enforce a still unreleased rule that will allow health care workers to use religion as a reason to deny services to patients.

Maggie Garrett, legislative director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, issued the following statement:

Court Orders Government To Respond To FOIA Request For Reports Used To Justify Muslim Ban 3.0

New York, NY – Judge Paul Gardephe of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York today ordered the State Department to respond by Feb. 9 to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for critically important reports about the process that led to the development and creation of Muslim Ban 3.0. The judge ordered the government to produce all materials not subject to any FOIA exemptions and to produce a list and explanation for any documents it withholds.