A new rule approved by the Trump administration yesterday affirms the rights of medical staff — from receptionists to surgeons to pharmacists — to withhold care if it contravenes their religious beliefs. The decision, made on the National Day of Prayer, represents an obstacle for individuals seeking birth control, abortions, assisted suicides or sterilization. Hospitals and medical facilities must adhere to the rule or risk losing federal funding.
How will this affect patients? Activists warn that it could deter vulnerable groups like the LGBT community from accessing vital health services.
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