Blue States and Counties Sue Trump Administration Over Religious Protections of Health Care Providers

Headline Roundup May 22nd, 2019

Over 20 Blue States and counties have sued the Trump Administration over expanded protections of religious beliefs for healthcare workers and providers. This rule is scheduled to take effect on July 22nd, and has gotten backlash from Democrats and Democrat-leaning groups. The plaintiffs believe that the expansion of the rule could allow for a healthcare worker to not administer effective healthcare based on their religious beliefs. For instance, according to a New York lawsuit, a healthcare worker could deny a patient a measles vaccine during a measles outbreak, based on a sincerely held belief outside of medical science. Other procedures such as assisted suicide and abortions could also be denied to a patient based on religious or moral convictions, which are reasonably and strictly held.

Blue States and Counties Sue Trump Administration Over Religious Protections of Health Care Providers

From the Center
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A coalition of 23 Democrat-led states, counties and municipalities is suing the Trump administration for a final rule that protects health care providers who refuse to provide care on the basis of their religious beliefs.

The lawsuit, announced Tuesday, is led by New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) and seeks to have the rule declared unconstitutional, as well as a court order to prevent it from going into effect.

It is the second lawsuit against the administration’s so-called conscience protection rule. San Francisco announced a similar lawsuit earlier this...

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From the Left
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NEW YORK, May 21 (Reuters) ― Two dozen U.S. states and municipalities sued the Trump administration on Tuesday to stop it from enforcing a rule that would make it easier for doctors and nurses to avoid performing abortions on religious or moral grounds.

A lawsuit led by New York Attorney General Letitia James said the expanded “conscience” protections could undermine the ability of states and cities to provide effective healthcare without jeopardizing billions of dollars a year in federal aid.

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From the Right
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New York City and state are joining up with a coalition of more than 20 state and local governments in a lawsuit to block a new rule issued by the federal government that opponents say would allow health care providers to deny treatment based on their personal views.

The suit, filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court, alleges that a new rule by the US Department of Health and Human Services would allow individuals and businesses to refuse health-care services based on religious beliefs and “moral convictions” — which the plaintiffs...

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