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Religious Refusal Rule Creates Unjust Barriers to Care

Statement from Clare Coleman, President & CEO of NFPRHA

WASHINGTON, DC – “In federal comments submitted to HHS today, NFPRHA expressed deep concern that the agency’s proposed religious refusal rule ignores the needs of patients. The administration is attempting to create unjustified and unnecessary pathways to refuse essential health care to a patient. This maneuver threatens to cause unprecedented patient harm and could put many family planning providers in an impossible situation.

“No patient should be denied the preventive care he or she needs, particularly when it comes to sensitive health care services like family planning. Yet, the proposed rule opens the door to undermining the integrity of key HHS programs, including the Title X family planning program. HHS cannot fulfill the mission of Title X if it allows individuals and entities to violate federal law and withhold treatment or refuse to provide counseling, information, or referrals based on their own religious or moral beliefs.

“The proposed rule is a deliberate attempt to deny the health care and information people need to stay healthy and lead meaningful lives. In the interest of patient care and public health, HHS must withdraw this rule.”

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