Judge Voids GOP “Conscience” Rules Letting Religious Health Workers Discriminate
Back in May, on the National Day of Prayer, Donald Trump announced the finalization of a rule that would allow doctors, nurses, insurance providers, and employers to refuse service if it violated their religious beliefs. (It came a year after he first said that would happen.)
In short, he wanted to take the bigotry of evangelical Christian bakers and apply it to the medical industry.
Conservatives celebrated the decision because, to them, Christian doctors rejecting patients was more important than patients getting the health care they needed. Christianity Today, a publication that believes committed gay and lesbian couples are “destructive to society,” said the move was a “major religious freedom victory, particularly for pro-life evangelicals.”
In theory, an ambulance driver could refuse to drive a woman with an ectopic pregnancy to a hospital to obtain a necessary abortion… even if her life was in danger. Pharmacists could refuse to fill birth control prescriptions or give drugs to induce a miscarriage even if a patient’s doctor had approved it.