Women’s access to healthcare will be put at risk, and all women will lose discrimination protections, to accommodate the religious beliefs of people who want to discriminate against them.

The Government has released its draft Religious Discrimination Bill which aims to protect people of faith and without faith from discrimination in certain areas of public life, such as employment, education and the provision of goods and services. 

The Bill gives greater protections to health professionals who refuse treatment to women on religious grounds.  The Bill also takes away existing sex, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy and breastfeeding discrimination protections, leaving women (including single mothers, pregnant women, divorcees, de factos, and same-sex attracted and/or trans women) at greater risk of discrimination in employment, education and the provision of goods and services.

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