Trump administration delays 'conscience protection' rule for healthcare workers

The Trump administration agreed to delay the implementation of a rule that allows healthcare workers to deny medical care based on religious or moral beliefs, The San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Implementation of the "conscience protection" rule was delayed from July 22 to Nov. 22 while a federal court reviews a lawsuit regarding its constitutionality, according to the report. The lawsuit argues the conscience protection rule is unconstitutional because it allows for discrimination against women and the LGBTQ community and could delay time-sensitive care, like emergency abortions or HIV prevention treatment.

The rule would also block hospitals from receiving federal funds if they do not comply and allow workers to exempt themselves from offering care based on religious or moral beliefs, according to the report.

The rule faces several other similar lawsuits.


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