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Over 20,000 ACLU advocates urged the Department of Health and Human Services to abandon a Trump administration proposal that would roll back anti-discrimination protections in health care. The ACLU, state affiliates, and the thousands of advocates told HHS that the proposal would hurt transgender and nonbinary people, as well as all women and other communities historically marginalized in health care. The comment period for the rule closed on August 13.

Louise Melling, deputy legal director with the American Civil Liberties Union, issued the following statement:

"One in three transgender people experience discrimination in health care. The Trump administration's efforts to roll back protections for transgender and non-binary people will lead to even more people being turned away from emergency rooms and doctors' offices as well as being denied insurance coverage. People seeking, or who have obtained, reproductive health services, as well as those who face discrimination based on disabilities, race, and limited English proficiency are also endangered by this proposal.

"We will continue to fight in court, in Congress, and in communities around the country to ensure no one is denied care because of who they are. A patient's health should always come first."

The Protect Trans Health Campaign, including the ACLU, submitted more than 132,400 comments opposing the proposed rule during the comment period.

ACLU's comment submitted to HHS can be found here:

ACLU statement on the proposed rule is here:

ACLU blogs on the impacts of this proposal here:

Members of the Protect Trans Health Campaign Include: Center for American Progress; National Women's Law Center; CenterLink; Asian & Pacific Islander American health Forum; National Center for Transgender Equality; National Partnership for Women & Families; WHARR (Women's Health and Reproductive Rights); FORGE; PFLAG National; National Council of Jewish Women; In Our Own Voice: National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda; ACLU; National LGBTQ Task Force; National Health Law Program; Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund; Center for Reproductive Rights; Raising Women's Voices for the Health Care We Need; Planned Parenthood Federation of America; Lambda Legal; TransChance Health; Center for Constitutional Rights; The Leadership Conference Education Fund; NARAL Pro-Choice America; Equality Federation.

The American Civil Liberties Union was founded in 1920 and is our nation's guardian of liberty. The ACLU works in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

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