Sarbanes Assails Trump Administration’s Crusade Against LGBTQ Americans

At a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) criticized the Trump Administration’s ongoing efforts to discriminate against the LGBTQ community and slammed a new Trump Administration proposal that would allow heath care providers to deny treatment to LGBTQ Americans.

“[We heard] incredibly powerful and moving testimony [today],” said Congressman Sarbanes. “We have been talking about this refusal of care rule over the course of the day, which seems to be using the guise – or the rationale, or the pretext – of religious liberty to target the rights of LGBTQ people to access healthcare without fear of discrimination.”

Sarbanes continued: “It’s really hard to overstate the harm that this [anti-LGBTQ] rule could cause…. A pharmacist who refused to fulfill a prescription for the HIV prevention drug, PrEP, for a person who is gay. A provider who could refuse to perform or assist with gender reassignment surgery for a patient. A hospital room scheduler who could refuse to assist a patient because they are trans.”

Sarbanes concluded: “This is the case with so many issues before the Trump Administration, where we felt like we were on a positive trajectory. We were making progress. We were bending the arc of the moral universe more towards justice. And then –wham – the Trump Administration comes in and it kind of stops all that in an instant and begins to reverse it.”