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Judge strikes down healthcare conscience rule

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 11/06/19, 01:14 pm

A federal judge in New York shot down a Trump administration regulation that protected the rights of pro-life healthcare workers. U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer ruled Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services exceeded its authority in crafting a rule that would have allowed medical workers to claim religious or moral exemptions to performing abortions or other procedures that violate their consciences.

What does this mean for healthcare workers? Engelmayer based his ruling on the way HHS structured and planned to implement the regulation. But he denied an argument by plaintiffs that claimed the allowance of conscience objections to participating in abortions amounted to a state establishment of religion. That leaves the door open for redrafting the rule so it could survive a court challenge.

Dig deeper: Read Rachel Lynn Aldrich’s report in Liberties about the state of healthcare conscience protections across the country.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • news2me
    Posted: Wed, 11/06/2019 02:41 pm

    Healthcare people are supposed to SAVE LIVES NOT TAKE LIVES.

    I am afraid for people who snub God and think they got away with it. 

  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 11/07/2019 02:40 pm

    I wonder if this particular Judge actually is in sympathy with Christians (and those with other faiths) who have religious or moral   objections to performing abortions and other procedures. 

    It seems he has made his decision in a way that leaves the door open to rewriting the regulation in a way that will pass muster with courts. 

    Make no mistake, our culture is waging a war on us.  But greater is He who is in us, than he who is in the world.