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Roe v. Wade 45th anniversary observed during challenging times for reproductive rights
From a press release
2018-01-22

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WASHINGTON-DC: For 45 years, Roe v. Wade has kept abortion legal in the U.S. — but it hasn't kept politicians from pushing abortion out of reach for poor women, young folks, transgender and gender non-binary people, and communities of color. The National LGBTQ Task Force rises up to realize the promise of Roe, end coverage bans, and resist Trump's extreme anti-abortion agenda.

On the days leading up to the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Trump Administration created new barriers to legal abortion and blocks to access to health care for the LGBTQ community. On January 18, the Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) announced a new Division on Conscience and Religious Freedom. The next day, while Trump spoke to the March for Life from the White House Rose Garden, HHS released a proposed rule that empowers healthcare providers to discriminate against patients based on who they are and the services that they choose to undergo.

Candace Bond-Theriault, the Task Force's senior policy counsel for reproductive rights, health and justice, explained that the proposed rule — the Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care — "would create an inconceivably broad standard for providers to make religious and moral objections in health care, that imperils women and the LGBTQ community's access to care." Bond-Theriault will be presenting ways LGBTQ activists and allies can resist attacks on Roe and access to reproductive health care during the Task Force's annual conference, Creating Change, that starts on Wednesday, January 24, in Washington, DC. For more information please visit CreatingChange.org .

The National LGBTQ Task Force works to secure full freedom, justice, equality, and equity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) people. For over forty years, we have been at the forefront of the social justice movement by training thousands of organizers and advocating for change at the federal, state, and local level. www.thetaskforce.org .


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