Trump’s ‘conscience’ rule for healthcare workers struck down by U.S. judge

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A federal judge on Wednesday voided a White House-backed rule making it easier for doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers to avoid performing abortions and other medical services on religious or moral grounds.

U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer in Manhattan said the “conscience” rule was unconstitutionally coercive because it would let the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) withhold billions of dollars of funding from hospitals, clinics, universities and other healthcare providers that did not comply.

“Wherever the outermost line where persuasion gives way to coercion lies, the threat to pull all HHS funding here crosses it,” Engelmayer wrote in a 147-page decision.

Article URL : https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-religion-lawsuit/trumps-conscience-rule-for-healthcare-workers-struck-down-by-u-s-judge-idUSKBN1XG2DD

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