In the final hours of 2016, a U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor made a ridiculously discriminatory ruling that allows doctors to discriminate against patients who are transgender and women who have had abortions.
The ruling said that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) non-discrimination rulings violated the religious freedom of doctors. Doctors take an oath to help people, they shouldn’t be allowed to discriminate.
O’Connor used the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) to get this ridiculous ruling. The law was originally used to protect religious minorities from discrimination. It was used to allow Sikhs in the military to serve with their beards and turbans. This is a good thing, but unfortunately, right-wingers are using this to push hate-mongering.
Now, the law is being used to allow people to discriminate just because they don’t like a person. Transgender people already have enough time finding a doctor who will help with their transition. Women who have had abortions already face stigma. Doctors are supposed to help everyone.
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