TRENTON – Senator Troy Singleton (D-Burlington) issued the following statement today on the Trump Administration’s announcement that it will create the Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom to protect doctors, nurses or other healthcare workers who deny care based on religious or moral objections:
“The Trump Administration’s announcement today that it is creating a new governmental agency within the Department of Health and Human Services to patently legalize discrimination that has already been repudiated by federal case law is unconscionable.
“If we allow medical professionals to pick and choose whom they care for based on a person’s sexuality or gender, what comes next? Undoubtedly, allowing for this type of discriminatory litmus test is a slippery slope that can lead to catastrophic results, including loss of life.
“This is America. Religious beliefs and access to medical care should not be mutually exclusive of each other. Certainly, we are capable of respecting someone’s religious beliefs while at the same time ensuring that patients – regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identification – receive the healthcare, treatments, and most importantly, the dignity they deserve.”