LOS ANGELES – May 2, 2019 – Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the final so-called “conscience rule” which the administration claims will protect healthcare providers’ right to refrain from participating in health care services, including reproductive health and other basic services, that violate the person’s or entity’s conscience or religious views.
“This rule undermines critical health care protections, invites discrimination, and will hinder access to vital health care services, especially for women and the LGBT community,” said Louise McCarthy, President and CEO of the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC).
“Clinics will continue to provide a wide array of services to diverse communities, including members of the LGBT community and women, and will continue to be safe spaces for all patients seeking care. CCALAC will continue to work closely with our members and partners to further our mission to provide quality, comprehensive care to all individuals, and advance the health and safety of our communities.”
THE COMMUNITY CLINIC ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY (CCALAC) is the largest regional association of community clinics and health centers in California. Founded in 1994, CCALAC has 65 members that operate over 350 clinic sites throughout LA County. CCALAC is dedicated to serving and representing the interests of its member clinics as providers of quality health care, including medical, dental and pharmacy services. For more information about CCALAC, visit www.ccalac.org or call (213) 201-6500.
Elaiza Torralba, Communications Specialist, (213) 201-6529
Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County
700 S. Flower Street, Suite 3150, Los Angeles, CA 90017