Judge Rules Clinicians Cannot Object to Abortions on Moral or Religious Grounds

Headline Roundup November 6th, 2019

A federal judge in New York rejected a rule Wednesday that would have permitted doctors and nurses to refuse performing an abortion on a moral or religious basis. The rule, proposed by the Trump administration and set to go into effect later this month, was opposed in several lawsuits, including one signed by 19 states, the District of Columbia and three local governments.

While the majority of coverage presented both sides of the issue, left and center-rated outlets tended to focus coverage more on the lawsuits targeting the rule and the arguments against it; most right-rated outlets instead focused coverage on arguments in favor of the rule.

Judge Rules Clinicians Cannot Object to Abortions on Moral or Religious Grounds

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A federal judge in New York on Wednesday struck down a new Trump administration rule that would have allowed health care clinicians to refuse to provide abortions for moral or religious reasons.

U.S. District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer of the Southern District of New York rejected the federal rule after women's groups, health organizations and multiple states sued the Department of Health and Human Services, arguing the exemptions were unconstitutional.

Engelmayer ruled that the so-called conscience rule was too coercive, allowing HHS to withhold billions in federal funding unless health...

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From the Center
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NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday struck down a new Trump administration rule that could open the way for more health care workers to refuse to participate in abortions or other procedures on moral or religious grounds.

U.S. District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer said the U.S. Health and Human Services Department overstepped its authority and went beyond existing law in issuing the rule. He also said that the measure could be costly, burdensome and damaging to emergency care and that the whole rationale for the rule was...

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From the Right
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A federal judge ruled Wednesday that President Donald J. Trump's Health and Human Services "conscience rule" that allows doctors, nurses, physicians assistant and more health care providers to refuse participation in abortion based on moral and religious grounds was unconstitutional. New York attorney General Letitia James led the lawsuit on behalf of 19 states and the District of Columbia, which argued that the policy allows Americans to "openly discriminate and refuse to provide necessary health care to patients based on providers’ ‘religious beliefs or moral objections.'"

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