Beware the far-ranging impact of Equality Act, says medical group

Monday, April 5, 2021
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

doctor with patientThe Christian Medical & Dental Associations continues to speak out against The Equality Act, a Democrat-sponsored piece of legislation that a CMDA spokesman describes as "horrific."

"Let me first of all make clear that CMDA does not support the right of any heath care professional to refuse to take care of anyone who is, for instance, identifying as homosexual or lesbian or is transgender," says Dr. Jeffrey Barrows, DO, MA (Ethics), senior vice president of bioethics and public policy for Christian Medical & Dental Associations.

"We believe that every person deserves medical care and should be provided medical care. [But] the problem with The Equality Act [H.R.5] is Christian health care professionals would be forced to engage in what is known as 'gender transition therapy.'"

So, for example, Barrows says an OGBYN would have no choice but to remove a woman's uterus after she informed the doctor that she identifies as a male and wanted it removed.

Barrows

"I can be sued for discrimination [if I refuse to do that]," Barrows continues. "So, it applies to all different specialties – and it would apply even to family physicians who may be asked by someone identifying as transgender to give cross-sex hormones when we really don't have good science based on that."

The Equality Act was introduced in the House by Representative David Cicilline (D-Rhode Island) on February 18, 2021. The next day, President Joe Biden released this statement in support of H.R.5: "I applaud Congressman David Cicilline and the entire Congressional Equality Caucus for introducing the Equality Act in the House of Representatives yesterday, and I urge Congress to swiftly pass this historic legislation."

One week later, the House approved the bill by a vote of 224-206. Three Republicans joined Democrats in voting for The Equality Act. The legislation is now awaiting action in the Senate.

"This will affect not just health care professionals, it will affect all types of employment," Barrows concludes. "It will affect pastors, churches, religious institutions – it is so far-ranging. So, I would say … no matter what type of busines you're in, what work you do, it's very likely that, if passed, this bill would affect you. And if you are a Christian, it will cause you to be put into a position where you are forced to do something against your conscience."

Related op-ed by CMDA's director of federal government relations:
The Equality Act would trample on doctors' religious freedom

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