In a move widely decried by LGBTQ, reproductive, and human rights advocates, the Trump administration late Friday finalized a healthcare rule that revokes Obama-era nondiscrimination protections for transgender and nonbinary people, patients seeking abortions, and those who do not speak English.\u0022No one should fear being turned away by a medical provider because of who they are or the personal health decisions they have made.\u0022—Fatima Goss Graves, NWLC \u0022This is deadly and all of us should be outraged,\u0022 declared ACLU deputy legal director Louise Melling. \u0022This is beyond heartless.\u0022\u0022While people are facing alarming rates of unemployment, a loss of health insurance, and a global pandemic, the Trump administration has rolled back rules meant to ensure people are not turned away from healthcare because of who they are or what language they speak,\u0022 she said.\u0022The Trump administration,\u0022 Melling added, \u0022has made a mission out of putting politicians and religious beliefs above a patient\u0026#039;s healthcare.\u0022Fatima Goss Graves of the National Women\u0026#039;s Law Center (NWLC) said in a statement that the administration \u0022should be ashamed of itself for finalizing a rule that puts the lives of the most marginalized in danger during a global pandemic\u0022 and warned patients will be \u0022put at risk by this rule.\u0022this will kill trans people this will kill trans people this will kill trans people this will kill trans people this will kill trans people this will kill trans people this will kill trans people https://t.co/tEeEUeGW4T— Evan Greer (@evan_greer) June 12, 2020Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, also issued a warning Friday, saying that \u0022the new rules released today are hateful and cruel, and will keep people from being able to get the care they need to live happy, healthy, and productive lives.\u0022\u0022Even as the death toll and catastrophe of the Covid-19 pandemic grows and people take to the streets, the Trump administration remains focused on denying equal access to healthcare to transgender people,\u0022 Keisling said. \u0022The Trump administration has waged a non-stop campaign against transgender people, taking every opportunity to deny us the ability to live our lives as who we are.\u0022Dr. Susan Bailey, president of the American Medical Association, also weighed in, the Associated Press reported. Bailey said that \u0022the federal government should never make it more difficult for individuals to access healthcare—during a pandemic or any other time.\u00221 in 3 transgender individuals in the US report experiencing discrimination in health care. In states around the country, we at the ACLU are fighting to prevent trans and non-binary people from being turned away from health care.— ACLU (@ACLU) June 12, 2020The rule, announced in a statement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), focuses on Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, which prohibits discrimination against patients in line with federal civil rights statutes. Those statutes include Title IX, which outlaws discrimination on the basis of sex.\u0022In 2016, the [Obama] administration issued a regulation implementing Section 1557 (the 2016 rule) that redefined sex discrimination to include termination of pregnancy and gender identity, which it defined as \u0026#039;one\u0026#039;s internal sense of gender, which may be male, female, neither, or a combination of male and female,\u0022 HHS said Friday.\u0022HHS will enforce Section 1557 by returning to the government\u0026#039;s interpretation of sex discrimination according to the plain meaning of the word \u0026#039;sex\u0026#039; as male or female and as determined by biology,\u0022 the department said. \u0022The 2016 rule declined to recognize sexual orientation as a protected category under the ACA, and HHS will leave that judgment undisturbed.\u0022This is what it feels like even for many of us who are the most privileged. The Trump administration is claiming health care discrimination is \u0022unlikely\u0022 to happen to trans people. They know that is a lie. https://t.co/tX7rk4gRFW— Chase Strangio (@chasestrangio) June 12, 2020According to the AP:The new rule would also affect the notices that millions of patients get in multiple languages about their rights to translation services. Such notices often come with insurer \u0026#039;explanation of benefits\u0026#039; forms.\u0022This sanctioning of discrimination in healthcare is unlawful and immoral, and doing so while our country loses thousands of lives daily and health inequities across the board persist is especially egregious,\u0022 Goss Graves said.\u0022No one should fear being turned away by a medical provider because of who they are or the personal health decisions they have made,\u0022 she added. \u0022This is beyond unacceptable, and we are prepared to take whatever action is necessary to ensure patients come first.\u0022The NWLC has teamed up with the Transgender Law Center, Harvard Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund to challenge the rule. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced in a statement Friday that it also intends to file to a lawsuit.More BREAKING: Lambda Legal and the Human Rights Campaign both plan to sue the Trump administration over a rule finalized today that would remove women seeking abortions and LGBT people from the ACA’s non-discrimination protections. https://t.co/tGC3XGYTee— Shira Stein (@shiramstein) June 12, 2020\u0022We cannot and will not allow Donald Trump to continue attacking us,\u0022 said HRC president Alphonso David. \u0022LGBTQ people get sick. LGBTQ people need healthcare. LGBTQ people should not live in fear that they cannot get the care they need simply because of who they are.\u0022\u0022It is clear that this administration does not believe that LGBTQ people, or other marginalized communities, deserve equality under the law,\u0022 he added. \u0022But we have a reality check for them: we will not let this attack on our basic right to be free from discrimination in healthcare go unchallenged.\u0022As David put it: \u0022We will see them in court, and continue to challenge all of our elected officials to rise up against this blatant attempt to erode critical protections people need and sanction discrimination.\u0022This cruel and discriminatory rule will only make it harder for transgender people, immigrants, and people seeking sexual and reproductive services to get care, and could even prevent people from getting the care they need entirely.— Planned Parenthood Action (@PPact) June 12, 2020The HHS announcement came not only during LGBTQ Pride Month but also—as David and other critics noted—on the fourth anniversary of a mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando in which 49 people were killed and dozens more were injured, the deadliest attack on the LGBTQ community in American history.