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May 4, 2017

Religious ‘Liberty’ And The License To Discriminate

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Today, President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order titled “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty.” It is designed to permit political speech by religious institutions that might previously have risked their tax-exempt status. The order did not include broader “religious liberty” provisions that would have given businesses, non-profit organizations, and other entities a license to discriminate against people who are LGBT, have had abortions, or unmarried people who engage in sex. In February, The Nation published a draft copy of an executive order that would have done just that, and in the days leading up to the release of 
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Trump Administration Signals Plans To Reverse Section 1557 Regulations Prohibiting Discrimination On The Basis Of Gender Identity In Health Care

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On Tuesday, May 2, 2017, the Trump Administration signaled that it plans to reverse the Affordable Care Act Section 1557 regulation banning discrimination in health care on the basis of gender identity. After the Section 1557 rule was implemented under President Obama, a group of five states and religiously affiliated health care organizations filed suit against the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), specifically challenging the provisions of the Section 1557 rule that interpreted sex discrimination to include discrimination based on gender identity and termination of pregnancy. As a result, a federal judge granted a temporary nationwide injunction which 
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