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Religion is a deeply personal issue. Everyone has the right to determine what system is right for them, and which beliefs to abide by and hold dear.

But religious doctrine on what is acceptable medicine should not be imposed by law onto individuals who may not choose to be part of that religion. Doing so impinges upon personal freedom, especially when it comes to medical coverage.

The Rastafarian religion, for example, is largely against amputation. If a Rastafarian store owner legally imposed restrictions on medical coverage for his employees under the guise of religious liberty, diabetics who needed life-saving amputations or breast cancer patients who needed mastectomies could be denied — and the patients left in either financial ruin or without the care they need. Some Jehovah's Witnesses and Shinto practitioners oppose organ donation. Some Evangelical Christians oppose birth control. Christian Scientists oppose medical intervention altogether. Imagine your workplace telling you that you have no medical coverage at all because it infringes on the owner's religious freedom!

There is no way to keep all religions happy at all times with regard to medicine and law. Conflicting philosophies on what constitutes acceptable, ethical care make it impossible for religious-based law to find consensus, and takes the focus away from what should be a healthcare provider's primary concern: the patient.

The United States must do more to protect American patients' freedom to choose safe, legal, and scientifically sound medical procedures that are right for them, rather than protecting corporate religious freedom at the expense of the patient.

Sign the petition today, calling on President Trump to stop the protection of religious freedom for companies over the religious freedom of the individual. Religious exemptions have no place in a secular democracy and serve only to limit the freedoms of all.

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Dear President Trump,

I am alarmed by the increasing sway that religion is having over our democracy. Our nation, founded on religious freedom, is being overrun by groups overstepping their bounds and interfering with my personal religious freedom, and the freedom to determine what healthcare options are right for me.

I fully support an individual's right to practice their religion, but I cannot abide by laws that value religious doctrine over the individual right - my right - to access effective, safe, and legal medical care.

What some groups view as controversial, others have no problem with. There's no way to keep all religions happy at all times when you mix law and medicine. Conflicting philosophies on what constitutes acceptable, ethical care make it impossible for religious-based law to come to consensus, and takes the focus away from what should be a healthcare provider's primary concern: the patient.

The United States must do more to protect American patients' freedom to choose safe, legal, and scientifically sound medical procedures that are right for them, rather than protecting corporate religious freedom at the expense of the patient.

President Trump, please stop the prioritization of religious freedom for powerful companies over the religious freedom of their employees. Religious exemptions like this have no place in a secular democracy, and serve only to limit the freedoms of all.

Thank you,

Petition Signatures


Jun 23, 2018 Deborah Young
Jun 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 23, 2018 Leora Yaffi
Jun 23, 2018 Elizabeth Franklin
Jun 23, 2018 Beverly T. Gardner Religion should be personal.
Jun 23, 2018 Patt Geyler God gave us the right to make up our own minds!
Jun 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 23, 2018 Beau Ryba
Jun 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 23, 2018 (Name not displayed) We need more research on BC.
Jun 23, 2018 MaryEllen Brisbin
Jun 23, 2018 Jean B. More and more of our rights are being eroded away under this administration.
Jun 21, 2018 Katha Conrad-Barker
Jun 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 21, 2018 Deirdre Gately
Jun 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 20, 2018 Michele Boley
Jun 18, 2018 Shelby Fry
Jun 16, 2018 Nancy Rooney
Jun 4, 2018 Madeleine Norris
May 21, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 18, 2018 Vicki Kimmel
May 17, 2018 Naomi Sobo
May 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2018 Olga Zhukova
May 15, 2018 Christine Anderson
May 15, 2018 Judit Flohr
May 15, 2018 Marie-Claire Jacques
May 13, 2018 Loraine Lindsey
May 13, 2018 Connie Pinto
May 13, 2018 Debbie Rutherford
May 13, 2018 Chrisetta Cawley
May 13, 2018 Liz Eviston
May 12, 2018 Bambi Magie
May 11, 2018 Rick Hodorowich
May 11, 2018 Suzanne Mead
May 11, 2018 Sonia Ness
May 9, 2018 Elizabeth Tilton I need to be the concern as far as my health goes, it's no one else's right.
May 9, 2018 ANNA BARRANCO
May 9, 2018 Christine Reinecke
May 9, 2018 ANDREA BERTRAM
May 9, 2018 Michelle Miner
May 9, 2018 Nancy Latner
May 9, 2018 Michelle Funk
May 9, 2018 Patricia DeLuca
May 9, 2018 Ines Ivanisevic
May 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 7, 2018 Becca Breeding
May 6, 2018 Lynn Gaudette
May 6, 2018 (Name not displayed)

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