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Biden moves to reinstate health protections for LGBTQ Americans

The Biden administration on Monday afternoon moved to restore protections for LGBTQ Americans and other groups seeking health services that were struck down during the Trump era, saying that the rule would also cover pregnant women seeking health care services, including abortion.

The proposed rule issued by the Department of Health and Human Services seeks to clarify that discrimination on the basis of sex includes decisions regarding "pregnancy termination." This comes as the federal health department has already pointed to federal civil rights laws - including portions of Obamacare - to caution pharmacists about denying access to medications that can be used for abortions.

Health care organizations that receive federal funding would also be barred from discriminating against gender transitions and other services that have increasingly become the target of state legislative battles and litigation. Officials also stressed that the new federal anti-discrimination language covers a patient's sexual orientation and gender identity.


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