- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Those opposed to a bill that would allow counselors to refuse to treat patients on the basis of “sincerely held religious beliefs” say the measure casts such a wide net that therapists could virtually turn anyone away.

Counselors said on Tuesday the bill would allow therapists to turn away all manner of vulnerable people who need help. They also said the bill was discriminatory.

The American Counseling Association has called the bill an unprecedented attack on its profession. The measure is part of a wave of legislation proposed around the country advanced to strengthen protections for people who refuse on religious grounds to provide services for same-sex couples.

The Senate has already passed the bill. The House is scheduled to take up the measure on Wednesday.

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