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Task Force Action Fund blasts new federal health care regulations

Date: 
December 22, 2008

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund today denounced regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that would allow employees of health care entities receiving federal funds to refuse to assist or participate in providing “any lawful health service or research activity” on moral or religious grounds. This would allow those who work in hospitals or other health care facilities, including medial technicians and pharmacists, to deny their services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people if doing so would offend their personal beliefs. The regulations go into effect Jan. 18, 2009.

Statement by Darlene Nipper, Deputy Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund

“We are outraged by the enactment of this discriminatory policy. Like all Americans, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people deserve access to health care. No one’s health care should depend on personal beliefs of an individual health care provider. It is morally unacceptable for LGBT people to rely on the roll of the dice for access to appropriate care and treatment. We urge the incoming administration to immediately address this issue. The longer it takes, the longer LGBT people will be placed in harm’s way.”


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The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund, founded in 1974 as the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc., works to build the grassroots political power of the LGBT community to win complete equality. We do this through direct and grassroots lobbying to defeat anti-LGBT ballot initiatives and legislation and pass pro-LGBT legislation and other measures. We also analyze and report on the positions of candidates for public office on issues of importance to the LGBT community. The Task Force Action Fund is a 501(c)(4) non-profit corporation incorporated in New York. Contributions to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund are not tax deductible.