Judge: Trump admin rule for health care workers violates the Constitution

A Manhattan federal court judge has vacated a Trump administration rule that would allow health care workers to deny care based on their religious or moral beliefs.

In a 147-page ruling Wednesday, Paul Engelmayer blocked the 2019 Department of Health & Human Services “conscience” rule in its entirety, finding that it violated the Constitution.

The “conscience rule,” set to take effect November 22, would have allowed those in the health care industry to decline to perform abortions, sterilization, assisted suicide and other procedures on moral or religious grounds.

It was not immediately clear if the HHS planned to appeal.

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