Refusal laws give health care workers the authority to deny care based on personal beliefs
Under the Trump-Pence administration’s refusal policies, health care workers in the U.S. and around the globe can refuse to provide services they personally object to, including birth control, abortion, sterilization, hormone therapy, and HPV vaccines. There are no protections for patients, not even in an emergency.
Ten of the nation’s top 25 health systems are Catholic-sponsored, which means they’re subject to religious restrictions on a patient’s access to health services including, abortion, birth control, and miscarriage management services.ACLU and MergerWatch Project
Mainstream medical groups have recognized the negative effects that refusal laws can have on patients and have called for patient protections.American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
The measure would compound existing barriers to health care faced by transgender patients — 29 percent of whom already report having been refused care due to their gender identity.Center for American Progress
A patient could be denied birth control simply because their pharmacist or doctor believes birth control is wrong.
Refusals can be used to deny care to anyone across the country and around the world.
A patient might not learn that their provider has personal objections to certain health care services until after they've been denied care, placing their health at risk.
My life was saved by an abortion. I live in a hugely religious town. [If] the nurses treating me had refused care to me, I would have died.”
Already, federal law and nearly every state also allows health care providers to refuse to perform abortions. The rule would embolden and expand these denials of care.Guttmacher