ARCW Vice President for Government and Public Relations Bill Keeton issued the following statement regarding the creation of the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in the US Department for Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights:

“The mission of the US Department of Health and Human Services is to enhance the health and well-being of all Americans. To accomplish this mission it is imperative that all Americans have access to healthcare and the social services they need. This is especially true for people living with, or at-risk of contracting, HIV. These individuals are overwhelmingly from communities that have been historically and disproportionately impacted by stigma, discrimination and lack of access to care."

“Access to this care must be unfettered and the services must be provided to the people who need them regardless of their gender, identity, race, ethnicity, religious beliefs or sexual orientation if we are ever going to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in our country."

“Unfortunately, by creating a division within the Federal government that seeks to protect health care providers who are limiting access to care based on their personal  beliefs about who their patients love, how they look, or what they believe, we risk losing ground by further marginalizing people who are among the most vulnerable in our communities.”