“Conflicts with fundamental American values, and cannot be reconciled with longstanding antidiscrimination law and precedent”
Washington, DC – Yesterday, Muslim Advocates submitted public comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights in response to its new proposed rule, which would give health care professionals a license to discriminate against patients on the basis of their personal moral and/or religious beliefs.
As Nimra Azmi, staff attorney at Muslim Advocates, explains in the comments:
“This proposed blanket exemption opens the door to disproportionately – and lawfully – deny critical medical services to vulnerable populations, including Muslims. Moreover, it will set the tone for a discriminatory healthcare system, normalizing unfair treatment and behavior towards minority groups and marginalized populations, including women and LGBTQ individuals.
…Accordingly, Muslim Advocates strongly urges the Department of Health and Human Services to rescind the proposed rule, as it undermines fundamental American values, and cannot be reconciled with longstanding antidiscrimination law and precedent.”
Muslim Advocates is a national legal advocacy and educational organization that works on the frontlines of civil rights to guarantee freedom and justice for Americans of all faiths.