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Israeli politician suggests doctors could refuse to treat LGBTQ+ patients

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An incoming government minister in Israel suggested that doctors should be allowed to refuse treatment to LGBTQ+ patients on religious grounds.

The comments made by far-right politician Orit Strock have increased fears of anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric in the region, according to The Guardian.

The 62-year-old did a radio interview where she was widely understood to have implied Israeli doctors would be able to refuse LGBTQ+ patients treatment.

Her comments also referenced legislation her party is drafting for the amendment of anti-discrimination law. Strock said that doctors could deny treatment if it goes against their religious beliefs “as long as there are enough other doctors who can give this service”.

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