This is alarming (emphasis mine):
“WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday released a final rule allowing doctors, nurses and other health workers to opt out of procedures such as abortions and sterilizations which violate their personal or religious beliefs.
“The rule, proposed more than a year ago, reinforces a set of 25 laws passed by Congress that protect “conscience rights” in health care, HHS said. Those laws allow health providers and entities to opt out of providing, participating in, paying for or referring for health care services that they have personal or religious objections to, HHS said.”
If the ambulance driver decides he objects to your existence because s/he’s a good Xristian and you’re not, well, you’re outta luck. Unmarried living in sin, gay, or even the wrong religion (to them, and seriously, wait for the Baptists to refuse service to Catholics, and it is coming!), you’re outta luck. HIV? You’re outta luck. Toxemia or preeclampsia, and you need an abortion? You’re outta luck.
Anything but straight, white, Christian, cisgendered, and male and you are outta luck.
There is nothing good that will come from this (none of those religious exemption things are in good faith, not one), so you know it has Mike Pence’s fingerprints on it and the 2020 Goat Rodeo as motivation.
Viruses don’t discriminate based on some theocrats deeply-held bigotries. This is bad news for everyone.