DeLauro Statement on Trump Administration’s Creation of New HHS Division
WASHINGTON, DC (January 18, 2018) — Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s decision to create a new “Conscience and Religious Freedom” division within the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR).
“The Trump administration’s decision to create this new division within HHS opens the door to discrimination against Americans based on who they are and what they believe. Medical professionals should not be able to withhold life-saving care from their patients—let alone impose their beliefs on patients regarding issues like family planning and treating patients based on their gender. These are basic rights that everyone should have, and they should not be up for debate.”
DeLauro is the Ranking Member on the Appropriations subcommittee responsible for funding the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).