Assemblyman Blasts Move that Could Imperil Health & Safety of Women & LGBT Community
Assemblyman Tim Eustace on Thursday blasted the Trump administration’s announcement that it is creating a new Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom within the Department of Health and Human Services, a move that jeopardizes women’s health and opens a Pandora’s Box for discrimination that could imperil the health and safety of the LGBT community.
“This directive goes well beyond religious liberty and undermines the safety and well-being of our citizens. It’s another clear example of a failing presidency pandering to the divisive, hate-mongering far right – the only fervent base they have left.
“This vague directive not only discriminates against women, but could open the door for blatant discrimination against the LGBT community. I would hope that no medical professional, especially one who has taken the Hippocratic Oath, would refuse life-saving treatment to someone because they are a member of the LGBT community,” said Eustace (D-Bergen).
In light of the Trump administration’s announcement, Eustace is drafting legislation that would bar any such directives from taking place in New Jersey. He also intends to introduce a resolution formally condemning the move by the Trump administration.