Marin IJ Readers’ Forum for May 13, 2019

Letters to the editor May 12, 2019 at 10:00 am

The mission of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is to promote the health and well-being of the American people. In promulgating new rules that ostensibly protect the religious liberty of health care providers, the department is betraying its mission.

The new guidelines were cynically announced by President Trump on National Prayer Day, and are so broad that they allow health care providers to refuse services if the patients’ choices conflict with the providers’ religious or personal beliefs.

The new rules, as intended by the Christian right, will reduce access to care for the LGBTQ community. Religious liberty is a fundamental right but does not include the right to harm others. Medical standards, not a health care provider’s religious beliefs, have to guide medical care.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has vowed to fight the law stating that we can’t go back to the days when Americans seeking health care faced discrimination because they were LGBTQ. He is right.

— Ruth Dell, Tiburon;
Board Vice President,
The Spahr Center